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.

number 7

1.) Multiple Choice Question

The government is considering scrapping GCSEs for England and returning to O-level-style exams. What did the "O" stand for?

Sitting exams
  1. Organisational
  2. Ordinary
  3. Official
  4. Optional

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Outfits to be worn by Team GB's athletes at the opening ceremony at the Olympics have been a closely guarded secret. But, according to reports, some athletes have expressed concerns they may look like...

  1. Butlins Redcoats
  2. Elvis impersonators
  3. Circus clowns


It is hoped rhinestones will be kept to a minimum.


3.) Multiple Choice Question

Why has Tobermory distillery on the island of Mull temporarily ceased production of its world-famous whisky for the first time in nearly two decades?

  1. Lack of grain
  2. Not enough of the right kind of water
  3. Flooding

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"Frog juice" harvested from the waxy monkey tree frog has been found to have been illegally used for which of the following?

Waxy tree frog
  1. To enhance sporting performance
  2. Beauty treatments
  3. Sex stimulants

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The average weight of an adult human is 137lb (62kg, 9.8 stones) according to a survey of the "fattest nations". Micronesia and Tonga have taken the top two spots, but which European country was the highest ranked?

  1. Estonia
  2. Greece
  3. Malta

6.) Missing Word Question

Black bears show * skills

  1. counting
  2. courting
  3. crooning

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which film has the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano endorsed as a "modern classic" this week?

  1. The Godfather
  2. The Life of Brian
  3. The Blues Brothers


  1. It's Ordinary - as opposed to "A" - Advanced - level. GCSEs replaced O-levels and CSEs (Certificates of Secondary Education) in the mid-1980s.
  2. It's Elvis impersonators. According to reports, jackets for the opening ceremony are understood to be white with gold "accents".
  3. There isn't enough of the right kind of water. The loch the distillery uses for water has dried up because of lack of rain. Master blender Ian MacMillan said: "The purity of the water we use is critical to the quality of our whisky."
  4. It's to enhance performance of horses. According to reports, a number of trainers of racehorses in the US have been giving their horses a powerful performance-enhancing potion - dermorphin - drawn from the backs of the South American frog.
  5. It was Malta. Estonia was one of the lowest-ranked in the survey, while Greece weighed in at number 12. The UK was ranked 10th, while the US came third, according to the report by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  6. It's counting. Three captive bears took a series of number-based tests on a touchscreen computer, research published in the journal Animal Behaviour showed.
  7. It was the comedy The Blues Brothers. On the 30th anniversary of the film's release the paper praises the film as an "incredibly shrewd" work which is "rich with ideas".

Your Score

0 - 2 : Boom Boom

3 - 5 : I'm Walkin'

6 - 7 : Let the Good Times Roll

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