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

As President Obama turned 50, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev released a birthday message. What did he praise Obama for doing?

  1. "Getting on to Russia's wavelength"
  2. "Carrying out vital social reforms"
  3. "Being the most popular US president"

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The mayor of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, released video of himself riding atop an armoured personnel carrier through the city's streets. What is he cracking down on?

apc and mayor
  1. Illegal immigration
  2. Illegal parking
  3. Street hawking


"I want to point out that if you have a car and more money it doesn't mean that you can park it everywhere," Mr Zuokas was quoted as saying.

tank in street

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Jeddah is planning to build the world's tallest building - a 1,000m (3,280ft) tower - by 2016. But which city is currently home to the tallest building?

  1. Chicago
  2. Kuala Lampur
  3. Dubai

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which country that currently has one of the lowest driving ages in the developed world has raised the minimum driving age from 15 to 16?

  1. New Zealand
  2. Canada
  3. Italy

5.) Missing Word Question

* finally spotted in space

  1. Alien life
  2. Oxygen
  3. Beagle 2

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The music video channel MTV began broadcasting in the US at midnight on 1 August 30 years ago. What was the first music video played?

  1. The Best of Times by Styx
  2. In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins
  3. Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Footage from Alfred Hitchcock's first film has been uncovered in New Zealand. Reels for the 1923 silent film, The White Shadow, had been mislabeled - what as?

  1. Twin Sisters
  2. Darkling I Listen
  3. Kaleidoscope


  1. It's carried out vital social reforms. President Medvedev posted a message on the Russian news agency Interfax in which he said he hoped for further progress in Russian-US relations.
  2. It's illegal parking. In the video the mayor, Arturas Zuokas, grins as he demolishes a Mercedes S-Class parked in a cycle lane.
  3. It's Dubai. At 828m (2,717ft), the Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai currently holds the title of the world's tallest building.
  4. It's New Zealand. According to the transport minister, teenagers aged between 15 and 19 made up 7.4% of New Zealand's population and 6.1% of all licensed drivers. However, they were involved in 17% of all serious-injury crashes.
  5. It's Oxygen - which has long eluded astronomers. The European Space Agency's Herschel telescope found the first confirmed evidence of oxygen molecules in space, according to a report published this week in the Astrophysical Journal.
  6. It's Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. The other two videos were played later that day.
  7. It was Twin Sisters. Darkling I Listen was a working title for Vertigo and Kaleidoscope - a grisly tale of murder - was cancelled by Universal before it was finished.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Notorious

3 - 5 : Shadow of a Doubt

6 - 7 : Spellbound

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

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