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

It was the Oscars this week and as usual winners' speeches went way over the allotted 45 seconds, but who kept it the shortest out of these?

  1. Melissa Leo
    Melissa Leo
  2. Christian Bale
    Christian Bale
  3. Colin Firth
    Colin Firth
  4. Natalie Portman
    Natalie Portman


Natalie Portman, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for Black Swan, gave a speech that lasted 2min 17secs. Melissa Leo, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Fighter, gave a speech that lasted 2min 40secs. Colin Firth, winner of the Oscar for Best Actor for The King's Speech, gave the longest speech at 2min 58 secs.

(L-R) Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth

2.) Multiple Choice Question

UK health experts are investigating the safety of fish pedicures after concerns the pampering craze could spread infections. What are the tiny Garra Rufa fish used also known as?

Garra Rufa fish and a feet
  1. Doctor fish
  2. Gummy fish
  3. Shoe fish

3.) Missing Word Question

* spotted in Newquay

  1. Beyonce
  2. Virgin Mary
  3. Panther

4.) Multiple Choice Question

An academic this week claimed to have traced the name of Shakespeare's Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, back to where?

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet
  1. India
  2. Somalia
  3. Ireland

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Jane Russell, the film star who epitomised 1950s glamour, died this week. Decades ago, she was honoured by US servicemen who named a prominent landmark after her. Where is Jane Russell Hill?

Jane Russell
  1. Korea
  2. Germany
  3. Vietnam

6.) Multiple Choice Question

"It is not fair that the entire country is against me." Who said this?

  1. Panamanian footballer Luis Moreno, who booted the opposition's mascot, a live owl, off the pitch
    Luis Moreno
  2. Actor Charlie Sheen after production on his popular sitcom was halted because he criticised its producer
    Charlie Sheen
  3. Labour MP Eric Joyce who claimed the highest expenses in Westminster between 2009 and 2010
    Eric Joyce


The mascot for Atletico Junior was first struck by the ball and so the referee stopped play. As he and the players discussed what to do, Moreno kicked the bird towards the touchline. He apologised after the game. Some reports say the owl died, but others say it is recovering.

Luis Moreno

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Teen idol Justin Bieber turned 17 this week. He shares his birthday with Outnumbered actress Ramona Marquez, who recently starred as a young Princess Margaret in The King's Speech. What is their age difference?

Justin Bieber and Ramona Marquez
  1. Six years
  2. Seven years
  3. Nine years


  1. It's Christian Bale, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Fighter. His speech was 2min 05secs long.
  2. It's doctor fish. The beauty treatment, which is popular around Europe, Asia and in parts of the US, uses a type of toothless carp that nibbles on the dead skin.
  3. It's the Virgin Mary. Caroline Gray says she was stunned when she took a photograph on Western Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, and captured what looked like the Virgin Mary standing on the rocks.
  4. It's Ireland. Dr Lisa Collinson, a medieval Scandinavian expert at Aberdeen University, says she has traced the unusual name to a little known Gaelic mystery tale from the dark ages.
  5. It was Korea. Operation Showdown was a protracted military engagement during the Korean War, in which the UN supported by the US Air Force set out to capture four major hills. One was renamed Jane Russell Hill by American GIs.
  6. It's footballer Luis Moreno. Opposition fans chanted "murderer" at him for the rest of the match and he has since received death threats. Sheen ranted about the producer of the sitcom Two and a Half Men on a radio show. New figures realeased by the House of Commons authorities showed Joyce claimed over £200,000 in expenses.
  7. It's seven years. On 1 March Bieber turned 17 and Marquez turned 10.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Wooden spoon

4 - 6 : Silver medal

7 - 7 : Golden statuette

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