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

Four celebrity backers of a cause. Who is the odd one out?

  1. Jemima Khan
    Jemima Khan
  2. Colin Firth
    Colin Firth
  3. Sting
  4. Justin Bieber
    Justin Bieber


This week Ashtiani appeared on Iranian TV apparently re-enacting her alleged part in her husband's murder. Robert de Niro, Robert Redford and Geri Halliwell are others who have called for her release.

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Time magazine's Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg, 26, who becomes the youngest recipient since who?

  1. Aviator Charles Lindbergh
    Charles Lindbergh
  2. Sprinter Jesse Owens
    Jesse Owens
  3. The Queen

3.) Multiple Choice Question

After weeks of drama, tears and some singing, Matt Cardle won The X Factor, and the weekly results revealed there was only one week when Cardle did NOT get the most votes. Who did on that occasion?

  1. Wagner
  2. Rebecca Ferguson
    Rebecca Ferguson
  3. Mary Byrne
    Mary Byrne


And here is the happy winner, with mentor Dannii Minogue. He is now the strong favourite to occupy top slot in the charts at Christmas, with his version of Biffy Clyro's Many of Horror. But anti-X Factor protest songs are lining up to take the crown.

Matt Cardle and Danni Minogue

4.) Missing Word Question

Vicar defends local * clubs

  1. fight
  2. sex
  3. satanic

5.) Multiple Choice Question

It's panto season. "Oh no, it isn't." "Oh yes, it is." "Oh no, it isn't." OK, you get the gist. Can you identify the pirate attacking Peggy - sorry, I mean Barbara Windsor?

Pantomime scene
  1. David Hasselhoff
  2. Nigel Havers
  3. John Barrowman


And here is proof that it's really David Hasselhoff. The man who drove Knight Rider and patrolled the Baywatch beach was this week helping to launch the panto season. "Oh no, he wasn't..."

David Hasselhoff

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Larry King hosted his final CNN chatshow this week, after 25 years. He is pictured here with Donald Trump in 1999, but who was his first guest, in 1985?

Larry King and Donald Trump
  1. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
  2. Boxer Mike Tyson
  3. New York governor Mario Cuomo

7.) Multiple Choice Question

"It's one hell of a thing to live up to," said who?

  1. Dame Judi Dench, voted best stage actor
    Dame Judi Dench
  2. Stuart 'The Brand' Baggs, kicked off The Apprentice
    Stuart Baggs
  3. Newcastle's new boss, Alan Pardew
    Alan Pardew


  1. It's Colin Firth, who withdrew his support for the Liberal Democrats over tuition fees. The others added their support - Khan to Wikileaks, Sting to the freedom of Iranian woman Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, while Bieber joined animal rights group Peta.
  2. It's Lindbergh, who graced the magazine's first end-of-year cover in 1927, aged 25. The Queen earned the title in 1952, aged 26, while Owens never did. The year he won four Olympic gold medals, in 1936, Time picked the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson.
  3. It was Tesco cashier Mary Byrne, from Dublin. In the final, Ferguson was runner-up and boy band One Direction third.
  4. It's sex. The Reverend Paul Turp told his local council in east London that it was wrongly trying to impose its own moral code on people by banning such establishments.
  5. It's The Hoff, who plays Captain Hook at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Havers is King Rat, opposite Joan Collins, in Dick Whittington in Birmingham. And Barrowman is Aladdin in Glasgow.
  6. It was Cuomo, and there was speculation that he would be invited back for the final show on Thursday. King is to be replaced by Piers Morgan.
  7. It's Dame Judi, who was named the greatest stage actor of all time in a poll compiled by industry newspaper, The Stage. Baggs was told to pack his by Lord Sugar and Pardew won his first match.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Ham actor

4 - 6 : Polite applause

7 - 7 : Bring the house down

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