Quiz of the week's news

7 days quiz

It's the Magazine's 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 current affairs.

number 7

1.) Multiple Choice Question

In case you hadn't noticed, it's been snowing a bit this week. What is this driver doing that goes against the Highway Code?

Car in snow
  1. Driving in falling snow
  2. Driving with snow on roof
  3. Driving on icy road surface

2.) Multiple Choice Question

It's been a week of revelations with Wikileaks releasing hundreds of secret diplomatic communiques. Which world leader was described in one as "feckless, vain, ineffective"?

  1. Col Gaddafi
  2. Nicolas Sarkozy
  3. Silvio Berlusconi

3.) Multiple Choice Question

England has lost its bid to stage the World Cup. But its final presentation, by David Beckham, was swishly executed and conducted to the background of which well-known tune?

David Beckham
  1. The Farm's All Together Now
  2. Elbow's One Day Like This
  3. Coldplay's Speed of Sound
  4. Oasis' All Around the World

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"I became a Blackberry person, and now I'm an iPad person." Said who?

  1. George Bush
    George Bush
  2. Alastair Campbell
    Alastair Campbell
  3. Paris Hilton
    Paris Hilton

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The online Oxford English Dictionary has for the first time collated all its sources for definitions. The Times newspaper was top, with 36,204 mentions, followed by William Shakespeare. Which writer was third?

  1. Geoffrey Chaucer
    Geoffrey Chaucer
  2. Charles Dickens
    Charles Dickens
  3. Walter Scott
    Walter Scott

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Coronation Street is gearing up for its 50th anniversary next week - but why was the show's original name, Florizel Street, ditched?

Coronation Street
  1. Sounded German
  2. Sounded like a disinfectant
  3. It was an identifiable real street

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The birthday question is back! Jazz maestro Dave Brubeck will be 90 next week, but who collects the main royalties for his most famous hit, Take Five?

Dave Brubeck
  1. Saxophonist Paul Desmond
  2. The American Red Cross
  3. The US Internal Revenue Service


  1. It's the snow on the roof. Rule 229 of the Highway Code states: "Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users."
  2. It was Berlusconi. Sarkozy was described as "authoritarian"; Gaddafi as being close to a "voluptuous" Ukrainian nurse.
  3. It was Elbow's One Day Like This.
  4. It's Mr Bush, who was speaking to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in an hour-long interview on the social network.
  5. It's Walter Scott, who is quoted in the OED nearly 17,000 times. Chaucer and John Milton were in the top 10, with John Dryden and Charles Dickens in the top 20.
  6. It's the disinfectant. Corrie creator Tony Warren said a cleaning lady made the observation, which changed his mind and the course of TV history.
  7. It's the American Red Cross. The tune was composed by Desmond who, before he died in 1977, accorded all royalties to the aid agency, which is said to earn $100,000 a year from it.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Take your leave

3 - 4 : Take a break

5 - 7 : Take Five (to Seven)

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