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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Australian rock band AC/DC is launching its own range of wine, following in the footsteps of other musicians. Which of these haven't brought out their own brand wines?

AC/DC wine
  1. Def Leppard
  2. Kiss
  3. Iron Mad
  4. Whitesnake

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The chairman of Ferrari, the supercar maker, said this week his company will never produce....?

Ferrari logo
  1. A seven-seater people carrier
  2. An electric car
  3. A hatchback

3.) Missing Word Question

* becoming addicted to digital TV

  1. Dogs
  2. Babies
  3. Budgies

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Greenpeace retired its campaign ship Rainbow Warrior II this week. What has it become now?

Rainbow Warrior
  1. A floating hospital in Bangladesh
  2. A sailing school for poor Cuban children
  3. A fish sanctuary, on the sea bed off New Zealand

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"There were a few raised eyebrows." Who said?

  1. Producer of Jersey Shore after Abercrombie and Fitch offered to pay the cast not to wear its clothes
  2. A flight attendant after actor Gerard Depardieu urinated in front of fellow passengers on a plane
    Gerard Depardieu
  3. Former UK foreign minister David Miliband, after telling friends he was holidaying at Center Parcs
    David Miliband


US clothing brand Abercrombie and Fitch has offered to pay the cast of the MTV reality show not to wear its clothes, saying it could cause "significant damage to their image". Depardieu reportedly urinated into a bottle after being told he could not use the toilet because the plane was preparing for take-off.

The cast of Jersey Shore

6.) Multiple Choice Question

It was reported this week that the remote Pacific island of Aitutaki (population 2,000), one of the Cook Islands, has recently experienced its first ever instance of which of the following crimes?

Map of Cook Islands
  1. Road rage
  2. Stalking
  3. Bank robbery

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A legal battle over the rights of the Village People's song YMCA has broken out. Group member Victor Willis has filed a claim to regain rights to it. But what did he perform as in the group?

The Village People promoting their 25th Anniversary Tour
  1. Construction worker
  2. Policeman
  3. Native American
  4. Biker


  1. It's Def Leppard. Lead singer Joe Elliott launched his own beer last year called Down 'N' Outz.
  2. It's the electric car. Luca di Montezemolo said he did not believe in them. But he said Ferrari was working hard to produce a hybrid car, and was making every effort to increase fuel-efficiency. The company already makes a hatchback.
  3. It's dogs. Experts say canines are developing a taste for television because, unlike old analogue sets, digital signals allow them to see programmes the way humans do.
  4. It's the floating hospital. Rainbow Warrior II's predecessor, Rainbow Warrior I, was scuppered off the New Zealand coast in 1987. It had been severaly damaged two years earlier, when French intelligence services bombed it in retaliation for Greenpeace's campaign against the country's nuclear tests in the Pacific.
  5. It's David Miliband, who went on holiday to Center Parcs in France this year.
  6. It's bank robbery. The robbers, who struck last week, are said to have bagged about NZ$200,000 (£100,500; $166,000) - mostly savings from locals. Police were flown in from the capital, Rarotonga, to investigate. The culprit or culprits are thought to be outsiders.
  7. It's as a policeman, plus he occasionally performed as a sailor. Willis was the founding member of the group. A 1976 Act of Congress in the US allows recording artists to reclaim the rights to their songs 35 years after their original release.

Your Score

0 - 3 : One-hit wonder

4 - 6 : Mid-chart

7 - 7 : Classic

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 12 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 5 August

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