Quiz of the week's news

7 days quiz

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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

The coalition government marked 100th day this week, and a study of Twitter over that period revealed that David Cameron was the most popular political subject discussed on its tweetwaves. What was next?

David Cameron and Nick Clegg
  1. Cuts
  2. War
  3. Oil spill

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Who resigned this week, declaring he was stepping down because he was "not much good" at the job?

  1. Live at Studio Five host Ian Wright
    Ian Wright
  2. Royal College of Physicians president Sir Ian Gilmore
    Prof Sir Ian Gilmore
  3. Ukip leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch
    Lord Pearson

3.) Multiple Choice Question

No wonder the Finns were smiling. Newsweek has named their country as the best, followed by Switzerland and Sweden. What was the top-ranked non-European nation?

Finnish woman
  1. Japan
  2. Canada
  3. Australia
  4. Singapore

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"There is no question in anybody's mind that we are going to begin drawing down troops [from Afghanistan] in July of 2011." Said who?

  1. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates
    Robert Gates
  2. General David Petraeus
    Gen Petraeus
  3. Prime Minister David Cameron
    David Cameron

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The price of staple foods has been contributing to inflation in the UK. But which shopping basket favourite's price has risen by the highest percentage?

A basket of shopping
  1. Rice
  2. Tea
  3. Fresh chicken

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Two thousand new words and phrases made it into the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English. Which of the following did not make it?

  1. Catastrophizing
  2. Wooting
  3. Frenemy

7.) Multiple Choice Question

England cricketer Graeme Swann told a court he was trying to rescue his cat Max when police pulled him over and breathalysed him. Who is the moggie named after?

Graeme Swann
  1. Max from Phoenix Nights
  2. Max Farnham from Brookside
  3. Max Ramsay from Neighbours
  4. Max Bygraves


  1. It was war, either in Iraq or Afghanistan. Oil spill was third and cuts sixth. The analysis was by Tweetminster. Cameron marked the milestone by going on holiday, leaving Nick Clegg in charge.
  2. It's Lord Pearson, who said his party needed "a better politician" at its head. Ian Wright's contract was not renewed by broadcaster Five, while Sir Ian created a stir when he called for drugs to be decriminalised to reduce crime as he left his post.
  3. It's Australia, lying fourth on the magazine's list. Canada was seventh, Japan ninth, the US 11th, the UK 14th and Singapore 20th. It considered factors such as education, health and political environment.
  4. It was Mr Gates. Gen Petraeus had said a day earlier that the timing of the withdrawal would depend on conditions. Mr Cameron also spoke about the war, saying it keeps him awake at night.
  5. It's rice. Comparison site mySupermarket.co.uk says rice, pulses and grain have gone up by 58% in the last three years. Tea costs 30% more, while fresh poultry is 6% cheaper.
  6. Wooting, widely understood as an exclamation of joy or excitement, does not feature in the Oxford Dictionary of English. Catastrophizing means presenting a situation as considerably worse than it actually is and a frenemy is a person that one is friendly with despite a fundamental dislike.
  7. It was Max the doorman from Phoenix Nights. Mr Swann said he was driving because he needed screwdrivers to free his cat trapped under the floorboards. He denies drink-driving and the case has been adjourned.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Silly point

4 - 6 : Long off

7 - 7 : Fine leg

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