Weekly world news quiz


It's the World News 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much global news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made her first official White House visit this week. What gift did she give the US president?

Obama and Gillard
  1. A "Rolf Harris" Stylophone
  2. Australian music on an MP3 player
  3. A didgeridoo

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What did Hollywood bad-boy Charlie Sheen advertise for this week?

Charlie Sheen
  1. An intern
  2. A kitchen assistant
  3. A new 'goddess'

3.) Multiple Choice Question

An estimated one million sardines turned up dead on Tuesday in a Southern California marina. What was the official explanation for the die-off?

dead fish
  1. Toxic algae
  2. Seismic activity
  3. Suffocation

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which country on Thursday became the first to recognise the Libyan rebel leadership, the National Libyan Council (NLC), as the country's legitimate government?

Libya opposition flag
  1. Italy
  2. France
  3. Egypt

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The death of Alberto Granado in Cuba this week hit the global headlines. Who was he?

  1. The founder of the Buena Vista Social Club band
  2. One of the leaders of the Cuban Revolution
  3. The motorcycle companion of Ernesto Che Guevara

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Californian narcotics investigators discovered a $1.5m marijuana-growing operation with an unusual guard. What was it?

pot plants
  1. An alligator
  2. A panther
  3. A rattlesnake

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The new Forbes list of the world's richest people shows that it's boom time for dollar billionaires. The world's richest man is still Mexican Carlos Slim (left). Which of the following has the greatest number of billionaires?

Carlos Slim
  1. The US
  2. Asia
  3. Europe


  1. It's the best of Australian music. Ms Gillard gave Barack Obama a playlist featuring tunes from INXS, Kylie Minogue and John Butler Trio among others.
  2. It's an intern to help with his social media. The 45-year-old has more than 2 million Twitter followers, and has also taken to making his own outrageous webcasts. This week, Sheen - whose girlfriends are known as "goddesses" - also launched his own cookery show for a website.
  3. The fish are thought to have suffocated. California Fish and Game officials said a storm probably sent them into the harbour, where they used all the oxygen in the water and suffocated. All indications are that "this is unusual but a naturally occurring event," said Andrew Hughan, a Fish and Game spokesman at the scene.
  4. It's France. The office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Paris regarded the NLC as Libya's "legitimate representative". Italy and Spain have said they will not take a similar step until European Union members have reached a common position on the issue.
  5. He was Che's motorcycle companion. The pair's eight-month journey around Latin America was immortalised in the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries. The journey, started in 1951, exposed the two medical students to deep poverty and social injustice and awoke Guevara's revolutionary convictions.
  6. It was a four-foot-long (1.2m) alligator. The reptile was released to an animal sanctuary, 2,300 pot plants were seized, and the owner of Wally the 'watchgator' charged with marijuana possession.
  7. It's the US, with 413 billionaires. For the first time in more than a decade, the number of billionaires in Asia (332) was more than Europe (300). China, which has the world's second largest economy after the US, had 115 billionaires, while Russia had 101 billionaires.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Penny

4 - 5 : Dime

6 - 7 : Top dollar

The world news quiz is published every week, on a Friday.

If you missed our world news quiz last week, you can catch up by clicking here:

World weekly quiz 4 March

And if you want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here is the quiz from the week before:

Weekly world news quiz 25 February

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