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

A deadly Egyptian cobra escaped from Bronx Zoo in New York this week, sparking a hunt. But 30 of which animal escaped from Chester Zoo in 2009?

  1. Meerkats
  2. Penguins
  3. Chimpanzees

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The last piece of turf has been laid in the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Grown in Scunthorpe, the turf is a special blend of perennial ryegrass, fescue grass seeds and what?

2012 Olympic stadium
  1. Smooth stalk meadow grass
  2. Carpet grass
  3. Kentucky blue grass

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Adele's album, 21, has equalled Madonna's record and spent nine weeks in a row at the top. Only two other UK female solo artists have had a number one album for at least six consecutive weeks. Which of these HASN'T?

  1. Susan Boyle
  2. Dido
  3. Leona Lewis

4.) Missing Word Question

* smuggled into football match in Colombia

  1. Cow
  2. Corpse
  3. Car

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Wills and Kate, Zara and Mike - and now Labour leader Ed Miliband has announced he is to marry partner Justine Thornton in May. Where is the ceremony?

Ed Miliband and Justine Thornton
  1. Nottingham, near where the bride was born
  2. North London, where they live
  3. Doncaster, the groom's constituency

6.) Multiple Choice Question

"It seems odd since I've only met Berlusconi once," said George Clooney in a statement after being named as a potential witness in a trial against Italy's PM. What was the meeting apparently about?

George Clooney and Silvio Berlusconi
  1. Aid for Darfur
  2. Support for Haiti
  3. Backing for a film

7.) Multiple Choice Question

McDonald's was the most littered brand in UK last year, according to the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign. But which was second?

  1. Greggs
  2. Cadbury
  3. Wrigley


  1. It was chimpanzees, which were found in a nearby keepers' area, where their food was usually prepared. The cobra was found alive. Its Twitter feed, @bronxzooscobra, said it had been seeking organic food shops in Manhattan for mice.
  2. It's smooth stalk meadow grass, which is usually used if you want a tough, hardwearing lawn. London 2012 chairman Lord Coe and Olympic sprinter Frankie Fredericks laid the last piece of turf.
  3. It's Susan Boyle. Leona Lewis managed it in 2007 with her album Spirit and Dido in 2003 with Life for Rent.
  4. It's corpse. Cucuta Deportivo's fans managed to smuggle in the coffin of Cristopher Alexander Jácome Sanguino, 17, who had supported the team. He'd been killed the day before the match.
  5. It's Nottingham. The venue for the wedding will be Langar Hall in Notts, just 20 minutes from where Ms Thornton grew up.
  6. It was apparently aid for Darfur. Berlusconi's lawyers say Clooney has been listed because the woman at the centre of sex allegations surrounding the Italian PM once said she'd seen Clooney and girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis at one of his parties. Canalis has reportedly denied attending.
  7. It's Cadbury. Greggs is the third most littered brand and Wrigley is the fourth.

Your Score

0 - 3 : What a mess

4 - 6 : Just surface dirt

7 - 7 : Clean and tidy

For past quizzes including our weekly news quiz, 7 days 7 questions, expand the grey drop-down below - also available on the Magazine page (and scroll down). You can also do this quiz on your mobile device.

More on This Story


Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.