Weekly world news quiz


It's the World News 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much global news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

A British adventurer became the first person to walk the length of the Amazon River. Why has this never been done before?

Ed Staffod
  1. Its source was only determined recently
  2. The Brazil-Peru border has been closed for decades
  3. It's necessary to cross many piranha-infested tributaries

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Officials in Australia are trying to persuade more Brits to take working holidays by advertising unusual jobs. Which of these is on the list?

  1. Shark personality profiler
  2. Beer taster
  3. Koala catcher
  4. All of the above

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Cash-strapped North Korea has offered to settle part of its debt to the Czech Republic with a large consignment of what?

north korea
  1. Silk
  2. Ginseng roots
  3. Zinc

4.) Multiple Choice Question

British Prime Minister David Cameron said this week he wanted the UK to attract more tourists. Which country did he urge tourist chiefs to "beat" by getting more Chinese visitors?

Chinese tourists
  1. France
  2. US
  3. Germany

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Newly published records show that German philosopher Karl Marx died a relatively poor man in London. The German political thinker left just £250 (£23,000, $36,000 in today's money). He is pictured here with Communist Manifesto co-author Friedrich Engels. Which one is Marx?

Marx and Engles
  1. The one on the left
  2. The one on the right

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The government of which country has ordered its air force and civilian pilots to officially report any UFO sightings?

  1. Brazil
  2. India
  3. Japan

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Who or what was described as "little bit old" this week?

  1. Footballer David Beckham, 35, whose international career is in question
  2. The Rubik's Cube, which turns 30
  3. Singer Rod Stewart, 65, who is set to become a father again


  1. It's the river's source. It was only at the end of the last century that the source was agreed to lie at the top of its tributary, the Apurimac, which rises from Mount Mismi in Peru.
  2. It's all of the above. Officials in Adelaide this week launched a new drive to lure 18-to-30-year-olds to the city. Other bizarre jobs included kangaroo dung collector.
  3. It's the ginseng roots. The Czech Republic confirmed this week that it is considering the offer of the ginseng - known as a health tonic and male aphrodisiac - to settle a percentage of North Korea's $10m debt.
  4. It's Germany, which ranks sixth in the world for the number of Chinese visitors. The UK is 22nd. "If we can't always beat Germany at football, then we can beat them at tourism," the prime minister said.
  5. He's the man on the right. Records of the fortunes of generations of men and women who died in Britain from 1861 to 1941 were put online this week. By contrast Darwin, the naturalist who set out the theory of evolution in The Origin Of Species, left a personal estate worth £146,911 (around £13 million, $20 million today) at his death in 1882.
  6. It's Brazil, where there have been several reports of UFOs in recent decades.
  7. It's Beckham. England manager Fabio Capello indicated in a TV interview that Beckham would not be needed for the Euro 2012 campaign. "I say thank you very much for helping me at the World Cup but probably he is a little bit old," Capello said.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Red card

3 - 5 : Yellow card

6 - 7 : The boy done good

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