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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

"It seems odd since I've only met Berlusconi once," George Clooney said in a statement after being named as a witness in one of the Italian PM's upcoming trials. What was the focus of the meeting, according to the statement?

Clooney and Silvio
  1. Getting aid into Darfur
  2. Helping Haiti
  3. Financial backing for a film

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A tongue-in-cheek Twitter user is giving "updates" on a creature that has disappeared from New York City's Bronx Zoo. It already has more than 150,000 followers. What has gone missing?

  1. An Egyptian cobra
  2. An Indian wild dog
    Wild Dog
  3. A chimpanzee

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Mikhail Gorbachev celebrated his 80th birthday at a star-studded charity gala in London, where he launched his "Man Who Changed The World" award. Which of the following was a recipient?

  1. A Chinese activist
  2. A computer hacker
  3. A Kenyan engineer

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Alain Robert, the French urban climber dubbed "Spiderman" for his feats, scaled the world's tallest building this week. Which of the following was it?

  1. Taipei 101, Taipei
  2. Burj Khalifa, Dubai
  3. Shanghai World Financial Centre, China

5.) Multiple Choice Question

What did these Colombian fans manage to smuggle into a football stadium last weekend?

  1. A car
  2. A cow
  3. A corpse


"This regrettable incident happened on Sunday when a group of hooligans managed to hoodwink stadium security and get the body of young Cristopher Jacome into the stadium," local police colonel Alvaro Pico told the AFP news agency.

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6.) Multiple Choice Question

Results from India's census - a mammoth effort spread out over a year - have been released. Which of the following was there NOT an increase in?

India census
  1. The size of the population
  2. Literacy rates
  3. The male-female birth ratio

7.) Missing Word Question

Monkeys display basic *

  1. Numeracy
  2. Literacy
  3. Speech


  1. It was getting aid into Darfur. Clooney and his girlfriend, Elisabetta Canalis, were said to have been seen at one of Mr Berlusconi's parties by Karima el-Mahroug, the teenager whom he is alleged to have paid for sex. Canalis has also reportedly denied attending.
  2. It's the Egyptian cobra. Even New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has responded to a Twitter message from @BronxZoosCobra. "Today President Obama and I toured NYC's Museum of Natural History. We saw a 94-foot (29-meter) whale, but not @BronxZoosCobra," he wrote.
  3. It was Kenyan engineer Evans Wadongo, whose programme provides families in rural Kenya with solar-powered lanterns to use instead of kerosene and firelight. Two others were also honoured - internet founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee and CNN founder Ted Turner.
  4. It was the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. It took Mr Robert six hours to ascend the 828-m (2,717-ft) tower in the United Arab Emirates city, including the tapered spire above the top floors.
  5. It was a coffin containing the body of a recently deceased teenager. It was taken into the 45,000-capacity General Santander Stadium in the north-eastern city of Cucuta by friends of the deceased - a loyal fan of Cucuta - and remained while the team equalised.
  6. It's the female-male birth ratio. The census reveals a continuing preference for boys - with the sex ratio at its worst since independence. According to the results, the population has grown by 181 million people over the past decade to 1.21bn, while the literacy rate has gone up to 74% from about 65%.
  7. It is numeracy. In a basic numeracy test, long-tailed macaques were able to work out which of two plates contained more raisins. Scientists reported in the journal Nature Communications that the animals have the ability to understand the concept of relative quantities.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Marmoset

3 - 5 : Chimp

6 - 7 : King Kong

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 25 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 18 March

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