Quiz of the week's news


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.

Graphic of the number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

The number of 16-24-year-olds not in employment, education or training - known as Neets - has gone up in England. But what were they referred to before Neets was coined?

  1. Status zer0
  2. Neds
  3. Zero

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Susan Boyle was the best-selling UK act abroad in 2010, for the second year running. But who came second?

Susan Boyle.
  1. Sade
  2. Take That
  3. James Blunt
  4. Mumford and Sons


Mumford and Sons' album Sigh No More sold 1.3 million, placing them third. James Blunt's Some Kind of Trouble sold 900,000 copies overseas, making him joint fifth. Take That's Progress - the top-selling album in the UK last year with sales of 1.8 million - sold a further 800,000 copies abroad, making it the eighth biggest-selling album abroad.

Mumford and Sons'

3.) Missing Word Question

Dinosaur named * discovered

  1. jelly belly
  2. thunder thighs
  3. air head

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Nasa's shuttle Discovery is on its final mission, after a long career. Which of the following is NOT true?

Space shuttle Discovery
  1. It was the first shuttle to rendezvous with Russia's Mir space station
  2. It took the first American woman to space
  3. It's named after a sailing ship


There is a tradition of naming shuttles after ships. Discovery was partly named after one of two vessels used in the early 1600s by Henry Hudson to explore Hudson Bay and search for the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. It hooked up with the Mir space station in 1995.

Space Shuttle Discovery

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A production of Frankenstein is being staged at the National Theatre in London, ignoring the dozens of films and going right back to the original novel. What was the book's subtitle?

Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein's monster
  1. Man or Monster
  2. The Abominations of Science
  3. A Modern Prometheus
  4. Pandora's Box Sprung

6.) Multiple Choice Question

"Baby gaga" was in the news this week, what is it?

  1. Nickname revealed in Sarah Brown's memoirs that she gave herself when she was pregnant
    Sarah Brown
  2. Vivienne Westwood's new collection at London Fashion Week
    Vivienne Westwood
  3. The name of a new ice cream made from breast milk
    Ice cream

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Almost 2,000 guests have been invited to the royal wedding, it was announced this week. Which group of people has received the most invitations?

Royal wedding invitation
  1. Royal Family
  2. Defence services
  3. Representatives from William's charities
  4. Foreign royals


  1. It's Status zer0. The term started to be used in 1993 and came from a technical classification, status 0, with those in education being status 1, those in training status 2 and those in employment status 3. The Neet acronym was reportedly first coined in 1996.
  2. It was Sade. Her album Soldier of Love sold 2.3 million copies abroad, bettered only by Boyle, whose album The Gift sold 3.7 million copies.
  3. It's thunder thighs. Scientists have named the newly discovered sauropods Brontomerus - thunder thighs in Greek - because of the huge muscles they think it had.
  4. It did not launch the first American woman into space. It was, however, the first shuttle to be piloted by a woman, Eileen Collins in 1995.
  5. It was A Modern Prometheus, after the Greek Titan that stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans.
  6. It's the name of ice cream made from breast milk, now on sale at a shop in London. The milk is blended with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest and then churned.
  7. It's representatives from William's charities - 80 have been invited. There will also be 50 members of the British monarchy, 40 foreign royals and 30 members of the defence services.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Invitation in the post

4 - 6 : Evening only

7 - 7 : Top table

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