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

St Patrick's Day was celebrated around the world on 17 March. Which is the only nation outside Ireland where it is a public holiday?

Man in shamrock glasses
  1. Montserrat
  2. Vanuatu
  3. Gabon

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A Chinese firm is reported to have been told by lawyers to stop selling a 7in, $70 (£44) doll because of an apparent infringement of someone's rights. Whose?

  1. Kate Middleton
    Kate Middleton
  2. Mark Zuckerberg
    Mark Zuckerberg
  3. Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret Thatcher

3.) Missing Word Question

Monkeys spot * in photos

  1. friends
  2. bananas
  3. themselves

4.) Multiple Choice Question

After being the country's most popular apple for many years, the Cox's Orange Pippin has lost its crown to the Gala variety. Which of these is NOT a variety of English apple?

Cox's Orange Pippin
  1. Beauty of Bath
  2. Sweet Sixteen
  3. Pixie

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Which US actor is accompanying former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, on his return home after seven years of exile?

  1. George Clooney
    George Clooney
  2. Danny Glover
    Danny Glover
  3. Sean Penn
    Sean Penn

6.) Multiple Choice Question

This week the government announced migrants from outside the European Economic Area would no longer be allowed to work as what in the UK?

Arrivals board
  1. Estate agents
  2. Chefs in takeaways
  3. Hairdressers
  4. All of the above

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The Olympic countdown clock stopped less than 24 hours after it was started this week. The display was stuck on 500 days and 7:06:56 for about six hours. But what time was the clock officially started on Monday?

Countdown clock
  1. Midday
  2. 1700 GMT
  3. 1930 GMT


  1. It's Montserrat, which is known as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean. Its Irish heritage dates back to the 17th Century, when the island became a haven for Irish Catholics who were persecuted on other Caribbean islands.
  2. It's Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder. According to reports, a Chinese company was ordered to stop selling the dolls by Facebook lawyers. The Chinese firm had apparently called the figure the Poking Inventor and not Mark Zuckerberg. It had previously been told to stop selling an Apple boss Steve Jobs action figure.
  3. This week it was reported by scientists that adult monkeys recognise photographs of their friends.
  4. It's Sweet Sixteen. It comes from Minnesota in the US and has a moderately acidic taste.
  5. It's Danny Glover. The star of the Lethal Weapon action movies is among several high-profile US figures who have been pushing for Mr Aristide to return to the country, including politician Jesse Jackson and singer Harry Belafonte.
  6. It's all of the above. The government reduced the list of jobs where there is a skills shortage in the UK by eight occupations.
  7. The clock in Trafalgar Square was officially started at 1930 GMT by rowers Pete Reed and Andy Hodge and sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Non starter

4 - 6 : Running late

7 - 7 : On time

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