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

US singer-songwriter Tom Petty has asked presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann to stop using one of his songs during campaigning. Which one?

  1. Wake Up Time
  2. I Won't Back Down
  3. American Girl

2.) Multiple Choice Question

"I hadn't planned on doing it... it was just, yeah, sort of off the cuff." Said who?

  1. An Andy Murray fan who queued for 75 hours outside Wimbledon
  2. Prince William, joining a Mexican wave
  3. Andy Murray bowing to the Royal Box

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A young emperor penguin that washed up on a New Zealand beach last week is recovering after an operation to remove more than 3kg of what from its stomach?

  1. Sand
  2. Packed ice
  3. Plastic bags

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Who likened themselves to "human pinata" - a Mexican party container that gets whacked with a stick?

  1. Disgraced US financier Bernard Madoff
  2. Greek PM George Papandreou
  3. An Egyptian tycoon who tweeted a picture of Mickey Mouse in Islamic dress

5.) Multiple Choice Question

San Francisco is considering banning sales of all pets in an attempt to end cruelty. But what will be exempt, according to the proposals?

  1. Goldfish
  2. Live snake food
  3. The sale of live animals for human consumption

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A handbag belonging to the former British Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher, has fetched £25,000 ($40,000) at a charity auction in London. Who bought it?

  1. A Russian oligarch
  2. The Ronald Reagan museum
  3. A man said to be a fan

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) had to hide out in their their rescue shuttle on Tuesday. What briefly endangered the orbiting outpost?

International Space Station
  1. Solar activity
  2. Close-flying space junk
  3. A fire in the kitchen


  1. It's American Girl. George W Bush was asked not to use I Won't Back Down, while Hillary Clinton was given permission to use American Girl in 2008.
  2. It was Andy Murray. The player said he had only been told by a reporter that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were attending when he came off the practice courts. He hadn't been sure that was correct.
  3. It's sand. The penguin, nicknamed Happy Feet, turned up on a beach some 4,000km (2,500 miles) from its Antarctic home. Penguins normally eat snow to stay hydrated and experts believe this one may have become confused and eaten sand instead.
  4. It was Bernard Madoff, who was sentenced to 150 years in jail for fraud. In a phone interview with the New York Times, he said he had been made a scapegoat for the financial crisis, saying that the judge had made him "the human pinata of Wall Street".
  5. It's the sale of live animals for human consumption. Supporters of the move want to end the impulse buying of animals and stop them being treated as "commodities".
  6. It's the man - from Cyprus - who is believed to be a fan. The black glossy leather bag was owned by Lady Thatcher for more than 30 years and was on her arm during Cold War-era negotiations with the former US President, Ronald Reagan, and the then leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.
  7. It was space junk. An unidentified piece passed within 1,100 feet (335 metres), the closest that debris has ever come to the ISS, according to an official.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Back down to Earth

3 - 5 : In orbit

6 - 7 : Out of this world

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

If you missed it last week, you can cath up here: Weekly world news quiz 24 June

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 17 June

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