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 lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

The classic yellow New York taxi is set to be phased out and replaced with a Japanese minivan. The first petrol-powered New York cabs were imported from France by Harry N Allen and put into service in 1907. What colour were they?

  1. White
  2. Black
  3. Red

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Will Superman renounce his US citizenship? DC Comics has indicated he may, in a forthcoming story. The trigger would be a reprimand from a government official for attending a fictitious event. Which?

  1. A demonstration in Iran
  2. A May Day march in Cuba
  3. A baseball game in North Korea

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Nordic countries have taken four of the top five slots in an annual index rating the best places in the world to be a mother. Which non-Nordic country was also in the top five?

  1. France
  2. The US
  3. Australia

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A remote corner of a certain country is being used to test equipment that could be taken on trips to Mars, because its chemical and geological make-up is similar to that of the Red Planet. Where was this picture taken?

Mars experiment
  1. Andalusia, Spain
  2. Nafud Desert, Saudi Arabia
  3. Petra, Jordan

5.) Multiple Choice Question

What have members of the Chinese women's volleyball team been studying, according to officials, in an attempt to inspire them to Olympic glory in London next year?

  1. Manhua! graphic novels
  2. Mao Zedong's poetry
  3. Sun Tzu's Art of War

6.) Multiple Choice Question

It's dinosaur discovery of the week! Titanomyrma lubei lived about 50 million years ago, and - at about the size of a humming bird - is one of the largest of its species ever found. What is it?

  1. An ant
  2. A wasp
  3. A mosquito

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Mexico's central bank has bought about 100 tonnes of gold, continuing a trend set by countries looking for an alternative reserve to the dollar. The US holds the world’s biggest gold reserve - which country holds the second-biggest?

gold bars
  1. China
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. Germany


  1. It's red. The French Darrecq cabs, equipped with fare metres, made up the New York Taxicab Company. They were later painted yellow so that they could be seen more easily from a distance.
  2. It's the peaceful demonstration in Iran. The character was apparently set to say: "I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy... Truth, justice and the American way - it's not enough any more," in Action Comic's 900th issue. There is a suggestion now that this might be changed.
  3. It's Australia. The index compiled by charity Save the Children analysed health, education and economic conditions for women and children in 164 countries.
  4. It's Andalusia, Spain. Scientists from the European Space Agency and the Austrian Space Forum tested a Mars suit Aouda.X and a Mars rover Eurobot in the arid mining area of Rio Tinto in Spain.
  5. It’s Mao Zedong's poetry. The volleyball players spent six days studying the poetry, focusing on one poem in particular, called The Long March. This recounts the epic journey undertaken by Mao's communist forces in the 1930s.
  6. It's an ant, which grew to over 5cm (2in) long. The fossil was unearthed in ancient lake sediments in Wyoming, US. Scientists say it crossed the Arctic during hot periods in the Earth's history using land bridges between continents.
  7. It's Germany, according to data kept by the World Gold Council. Mexico, Russia and Thailand have made big gold purchases in the past few months, as the price has increased and the dollar has weakened.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Bronze

3 - 5 : Silver

6 - 7 : Gold

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 29 April

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

World weekly quiz 22 April

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