Weekly world news quiz


It's the World News 7 days, 7 questions quiz - an opportunity to prove to yourself and others that you are a news oracle. Failing that, you can always claim to have had better things to do during the past week than swot up on world affairs.

Planet earth

1.) Multiple Choice Question

A German manners watchdog is calling for a total ban on what in the workplace?

An office
  1. High-fives
  2. Wearing sandals to work
  3. Kissing on the cheek as a greeting

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A French entrepreneur has started selling what from a new automatic dispensing machine in Paris?

  1. Champagne
  2. Bread
  3. Eggs

3.) Multiple Choice Question

What crime is on the rise because of the economic downturn, according to UK farmers?

A farmer
  1. Illegal rubbish tipping
  2. Sheep rustling
  3. Vegetable theft

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"It's communication." Who said this?

  1. Nasa on launching a space probe to Jupiter
    Artist's impression of jupiter and Juno space proble
  2. Actor Jeremy Irons on touching a woman's bottom
    Jeremy Irons
  3. Singer Lady Gaga on dressing up as a man
    Lady Gaga

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in Wales has been named the world's third best walk by travel adviser Cheapflights.com. Which destination didn't it beat?

The Pembrokeshire Costal Path
  1. Appalachian Trail in US
  2. Inca Trail in Peru
  3. Tiger Leaping Gorge in China
  4. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Mr Men book series celebrated its 40th birthday this week. Mr Tickle was the very first of the men, but who was the first Miss?

Mr Men books
  1. Little Miss Bossy
  2. Little Miss Chatterbox
  3. Little Miss Busy

7.) Multiple Choice Question

One of South Africa's most wanted men, Zimbabwean Bongani Moyo, escaped from court this week on...

  1. A scooter
  2. Crutches
    A crutch
  3. A Segway
    A Segway


  1. It's kissing on the cheek. The Knigge Society says a peck on each cheek is a form of "terrorism".
  2. It's bread - the long thin French loaves known as baguettes. Jean-Louis Hecht loads the machine with partially cooked baguettes. The machine finishes cooking them, and delivers them piping hot to the customer.
  3. The National Union of Farmers says 32,926 sheep have already been stolen across the UK this year, compared with 38,095 taken in the whole of 2010. The downturn and rising meat prices are being blamed.
  4. It's Jeremy Irons. He said in an interview this week that "any woman worth her salt can cope with a pat on the bottom" and called it communication. Lady Gaga dressed up as her male alter ego Jo Calderone to promote her new single. Nasa has launched a probe called Juno.
  5. It didn't beat the Appalachian Trail, which topped the list. Mount Kilimanjaro was fourth, Tiger Leaping Gorge ninth and the Inca Trail 10th. Second was the pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
  6. It's Little Miss Bossy, who was created in 1981. Little Miss Chatterbox came in 1984 and Little Miss Busy in 1990. The series started in 1971 and a total of 120 million Mr Men books have been sold worldwide.
  7. It's crutches. Bongani Moyo was due to go on trial in Pretoria for his alleged role in 35 bank robberies.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Hobbling along

4 - 6 : Walking free

7 - 7 : Running wild

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

If you missed it last week, you can catch up here: Weekly world news quiz 4 August

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 29 July

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