Quiz of the week's news

7 days 7 questions

It's the Magazine's 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

President Obama hosted UK PM David Cameron, and the words "truly special" were mentioned at a news conference - what did they describe?

Obama and Cameron
  1. The artwork gift Mr Obama was given
  2. UK-US ties
  3. US beer Mr Obama had given Mr Cameron

2.) Multiple Choice Question

David Cameron again. The PM joked this week that Grange Hill bully "Gripper" Stebson was a role model in his childhood. What was Gripper's first name?

Gripper and Pogo
  1. Norman
  2. Alfie
  3. George

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The Scout Association has launched a new badge for entrepreneurship. But what symbol does the badge use to denote this achievement?

  1. A dragon
  2. A rising bar chart
  3. An open-top sports car

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Sarah Palin raised eyebrows when she urged Muslims to "refudiate" plans for a mosque. The word is a corruption of "refute", but what is the original meaning of refute?

Sarah Palin
  1. To reject or spurn
  2. To disprove
  3. To review or rethink

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Foreign Secretary William Hague tried to defuse anger about a colleague's comments by saying his - Mr Hague's - history was "different". What was at issue?

William Hague
  1. Britain's role in World War II
  2. The Iraq war

6.) Missing Word Question

Petition to stop * lessons

  1. religious
  2. Simpsons
  3. over-crowded

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Stripped of her Miss Cornwall title after it emerged that she had lied about her age, Laura Anness has now been crowned Miss Plymouth City. But how old is she?

Laura Aness
  1. 22
  2. 24
  3. 27
  4. 31


  1. It's the relations between the two countries. President Obama described US-British ties as "truly special". Mr Cameron gave the US leader a painting - Twenty First Century City, by Ben Eine - said to be one of his wife Samantha's favourite artists. And Mr Cameron joked that the Goose Island 312 beer - which Mr Obama gave him before the World Cup - "was obviously very effective" because he had ended up cheering on Germany against Argentina while drinking it.
  2. It was Norman. Stebson terrorised the classrooms and playground of Grange Hill for four years in the early 80s, before eventually being expelled.
  3. It's the bar chart. The award is the brainchild of multimillionaire Richard Harpin, the chief executive of domestic insurance company Homeserve.
  4. It's to disprove. The BBC News website style guide says it "is best used ONLY to mean 'disprove'. So do NOT say 'X refuted the allegation' unless you know unassailable proof was produced. Use deny, dismiss, reject, etc."
  5. It was the Iraq war. Mr Hague was commenting after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called the war "illegal". Meanwhile, in the US, Prime Minister David Cameron got into trouble after saying the UK was a "junior partner" to the US in the fight against Germany in 1940.
  6. It's Simpsons. More than 400 signatures have been collected calling for a school in Somerset to stop teaching the US cartoon series The Simpsons as part of a media module.
  7. Miss Anness is 27. When she entered the Miss Cornwall contest earlier this year she had claimed she was 22.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Ignorance of youth

4 - 6 : Old enough to know better

7 - 7 : Age before beauty

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