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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

The Daleks are to be given "a rest" 48 years after they first appeared on Doctor Who, the show's producers say. But when did viewers actually see the Doctor's deadliest foes achieve their greatest feat - climbing stairs?

  1. 1966
  2. 1977
  3. 1988
  4. 2011

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Hackers posted a fake news story on the website of US public broadcaster PBS. Which deceased music star did it claim was alive, well and living in New Zealand?

  1. Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley
  2. Liberace
  3. Tupac Shakur

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Russia may be famed for its vodka, but its domestic sales of the spirit have slumped by almost 30% over the past decade. Which beverage has witnessed Russian demand rise by over 40% in the same period?

Russian paratroopers drinking vodka
  1. Gin
  2. Wine
  3. Beer
  4. Cranberry juice

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The space shuttle Endeavour touched down for the final time after a 19-year operational career. It was named after a ship commanded by a famous explorer. Which one?

Space shuttle Endeavour
  1. Christopher Columbus
  2. James Cook
  3. Vasco da Gama

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Mobile phones have been deemed "possibly carcinogenic" by the World Health Organization Which of the following is NOT possibly carcinogenic, according to the WHO?

Woman on mobile phone
  1. Dry cleaning
  2. Coffee
  3. Pickled vegetables
  4. Jet fuel

6.) Missing Word Question

Blackbeard * lifted from sea

  1. treasure
  2. anchor
  3. beard

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Carmaker Ford announced it was developing a new model which it hopes will help older drivers. How?

Elderly drivers
  1. Monitors heart rate
  2. Extra-loud horn
  3. Equipped with false teeth-holder


  1. It's 1988. Although they made their TV debut in 1963, the creatures were not seen tackling stairs until they hovered after Sylvester McCoy in the episode Remembrance of the Daleks.
  2. It's Tupac Shakur. A group claiming it was behind the hack had complained about last week's PBS Frontline investigation into Julian Assange's Wikileaks website.
  3. It's beer, making Russia the drink's fourth-largest market in the world, after China, the US and Brazil.
  4. It's James Cook, who sailed HMS Endeavour to Australia and New Zealand from 1769 to 1771.
  5. It's jet fuel, which is rated "not classified" by the WHO. Dry cleaning is possibly carcinogenic at occupational levels.
  6. It's Blackbeard's anchor. The device, from what is said to be the wreck of the notorious English pirate's flagship, has been retrieved off North Carolina's coast, US archaeologists say.
  7. It monitors the driver's heart rate, using six small sensors fitted into the back of the seat. But Ford says it needs another couple of years of road-testing.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Dalek

4 - 6 : Companion

7 - 7 : Time lord

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