Weekly world news quiz


It's the world news 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.

Planet Earth, seen from space

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Madonna hates hydrangeas, it's official - she was caught on mic saying so after being presented with a bunch. Who committed the grave faux pas of choosing them?

  1. A fan
  2. Boyfriend Brahim Zaibat
  3. Andrea Riseborough, star of her new film W.E.

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which public events, seen in various Iranian cities over the summer, have been orchestrated from abroad, according to officials in Iran?

  1. Mass water fights
    Water fight
  2. Planking
    Planking logo
  3. Zumba dancing
    Zumba dancing

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A Frenchman has been ordered to pay his ex-wife 10,000 euros (£8,500) for sexual inactivity during their marriage. What did he say prevented him from being active?

Feet of a couple in bed
  1. Tiredness
  2. Health problems
  3. Both
  4. Neither

4.) Multiple Choice Question

As players arrived in New Zealand for the rugby World Cup, one was fined NZ$400 (US$334) for not declaring to customs officials an item in his baggage. What was the item?

rugby ball
  1. A herbal hay fever remedy
  2. A pair of muddy boots
  3. A banana

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A US diplomatic cable released this week by Wikileaks says the chief minister of India's Uttar Pradesh state, Mayawati Kumari, sent a jet to Mumbai to pick up some shopping. What did she allegedly buy?

  1. Shoes
  2. Cakes
  3. Handbags

6.) Multiple Choice Question

US politicians hoping to represent the Republican Party in next year's presidential election took part in a boisterous televised debate this week. Which of the following was absent?

  1. Newt Gingrich
  2. Sarah Palin
  3. Mitt Romney

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery collection is to be put up for sale. A key piece is La Peregrina, a pear-shaped pearl given to her by Richard Burton. Which other couple is linked to it?

  1. Spain's Phillip II, England's Mary I
  2. Horatio Nelson, Emma Hamilton
  3. Napoleon, Josephine


  1. It was a fan. A video of the Material Girl dismissing the bouquet of flowers in Venice has gone viral.
  2. It's water fights. Hundreds of young men and women have sprayed each other with water guns recently, in events organised via social networks. The acting head of police, General Ahmad Radan, accused the organisers of trying to break customs, and said those responsible would be put on trial.
  3. It's both. The 51-year-old man was fined under article 215 of France's civil code, which states married couples must agree to a "shared communal life". The judge ruled this law implies that "sexual relations must form part of a marriage".
  4. It was the muddy boots. Each team had its bags searched in a private area of Auckland airport. Muddy boots were seized and cleaned by officials, according to the NZ Herald. It was reported that another player did not declare a pot of honey.
  5. It was shoes - or sandals to be exact. "When she needed new sandals, a jet flew empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand," the cable claimed. Mayawati denies the claim.
  6. It's Sarah Palin. Mrs Palin, the party's vice-presidential candidate in 2008, has not declared whether or not she will seek the Republican nomination in 2012.
  7. It was King Phillip and Queen Mary I. The pearl was presented to Mary before their marriage in 1554. Taylor's ex-husband Burton was fond of historical pieces.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Pea

4 - 6 : Pear

7 - 7 : Pearl

The world news quiz is published every week on a Friday.

If you missed it last week, you can catch up here: Weekly world news quiz 1 September

And if you want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here is the quiz from the week before: Weekly world news quiz 26 August


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