Quiz of the week's news

World weekly 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.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Meryl Streep is tipped to add to her 16 Oscar nominations after winning an award for her latest role as Margaret Thatcher. Her last Oscar was for which film?

Meryl Streep
  1. Julie & Julia
  2. Sophie's Choice
  3. Bridges of Madison County
  4. The Devil Wears Prada

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A Russian news anchor was fired for raising her middle finger during a broadcast. What was her explanation?

Tatyana Limanova
  1. Requesting her autocue
  2. Responding to abuse off-camera
  3. Making a political protest

3.) Missing Word Question

Strauss-Kahn hotel sex *

  1. 'filmed'
  2. 'sordid'
  3. 'stupid'

4.) Multiple Choice Question

British film director Ken Russell died this week. Which actor did NOT star in one of his films?

Ken Russell
  1. Julie Walters
  2. Michael Caine
  3. Twiggy
  4. Hugh Grant

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A chocolate theme park opens in Shanghai this month. Earlier this year, China turned what popular smartphone game into an attraction?

Chocolate Great Wall of China
  1. Words with Friends
  2. Angry Birds
  3. Solitaire

6.) Multiple Choice Question

"I am proud at the way everyone rallied around." Who said this week?

  1. Woman who sparked a 12-hour rescue in Wales for what turned out to be a toy cat
  2. Official in India after an angry snakecharmer let loose dozens of snakes in a tax office and sparked chaos
  3. Boy who received offers of help from the US after blogging about his missing pet chicken

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A copy of the first issue of Action Comics, featuring Superman's debut, became the world's most expensive comic, fetching $2.16m (£1.4m) at auction. What did it originally cost?

Action Comic
  1. One cent
  2. 10 cents
  3. 50 cents
  4. One dollar


  1. It was Sophie's Choice in 1982, one of two Oscar wins. The others were among her 13 Best Actress nominations. She has three for supporting roles. Her latest gong was the New York Film Critics' Award, for The Iron Lady, out in January.
  2. It was the autocue. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Tatyana Limanova said "she thought she was off-air and her gesture had been aimed at television crew to raise the autocue".
  3. It's "stupid". A new book, Affaires DSK: The Second Inquiry, by French journalist Michel Taubmann, says former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn believes his sexual encounter with a New York hotel maid was "consensual but stupid".
  4. It's Julie Walters. Michael Caine starred in the 1967 spy thriller Billion Dollar Brain. Twiggy won two Golden Globes for her role in his 1971 film The Boy Friend. Hugh Grant was in The Lair of the White Worm, released in 1988.
  5. It's Angry Birds. That theme park opened to the public in September in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province.
  6. It's Jasmine Hazelhurst who heard what sounded like plaintive mewing coming from a recycled clothes bin. Fire-fighters, the RSPCA and locals in Moelfre, Anglesey, all helped in the bid to free the feline, which turned out to be a toy. In other news, the snakes were eventually caught and Ginger the chicken was found.
  7. It's 10 cents. It's the first time a comic book has broken the $2m barrier. Action Comics No 1 was published in 1938 and only about 100 copies are thought to still be in existence. Only a handful of those are in good condition.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Kryptonite

4 - 6 : Clark Kent

7 - 7 : Superman

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