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

A Chinese firm was told by lawyers to stop selling a $70 (£44) doll because of an apparent infringement of someone's rights. Whose?

  1. Kate Middleton's
  2. Margaret Thatcher's
    margaret thatcher
  3. Mark Zuckerberg's
    mark zuckerberg

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Italy has been marking the 150th anniversary of its unification - the moment it formally became a nation in 1861. Where was the country's first capital?

Italy anniversary
  1. Turin
  2. Milan
  3. Naples

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Which US actor is accompanying former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on his return home after seven years of exile?

  1. George Clooney
    George Clooney
  2. Danny Glover
  3. Sean Penn

4.) Multiple Choice Question

It has been announced that US First Lady Michelle Obama is to write a book. About what?

Michelle Obama
  1. Her husband
  2. Her garden
  3. Her life

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Iran has confirmed that it will take part in the 2012 Olympics, despite earlier objections to what?

Olympic rings
  1. Being scheduled to line up with the Israeli team in the opening ceremony
  2. The Olympic logo
  3. Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville


According to Iran, the numbers 2, 1, 0 and 2 can be read as Z, I, O, N.


6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Chinese authorities have told people to stop panic-buying one of these products, in the mistaken belief that the iodine it contains can stop radiation poisoning. Which?

china street
  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Salt

7.) Multiple Choice Question

St Patrick's Day was celebrated around the world on 17 March. Which is the only country outside Ireland where it is a public holiday?

St Patrick's Day
  1. Montserrat
  2. Malaysia
  3. Argentina


  1. It's Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder. According to reports, a Chinese company was ordered to stop selling the dolls by Facebook lawyers. The Chinese firm had apparently called figure the "Poking Inventor" and not Mark Zuckerberg. It had previously been told to stop selling an action figure modelled on Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
  2. It was Turin. For five years, the Italian Senate was based there, before the capital was moved to Florence and then to Rome.
  3. It's Danny Glover. The star of the Lethal Weapon action movies is among several high-profile US figures who have been pushing for Mr Aristide to return to the country, including politician Jesse Jackson and singer Harry Belafonte.
  4. It's her garden. In the book, which will be published in April 2012, the Mrs Obama will describe how she was inspired to plant the first edible garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt's World War II-era "victory garden".
  5. It was the logo. Last month Iranian officials suggested athletes may boycott the games because of objections that the logo resembled the word Zion - a Biblical term for Israel - was racist.
  6. It's salt. Supermarkets in Beijing and several other cities have run out of the normally plentiful product.
  7. It's Montserrat, which is known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. Its Irish heritage dates back to the 17th Century when the island became a haven for Irish Catholics who were persecuted on other Caribbean islands. There is a campaign in Malaysia to have it recognised as a public holiday.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Begorrah

3 - 5 : Life of Reilly

6 - 7 : Top O' The Mornin'

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 11 March

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

World weekly quiz 4 March

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