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

Who quit this week, saying (s)he was "not much good" at the job?

post-it note - I quit
  1. UK Independence Party leader, Lord Pearson of Rannoch
  2. New Zealand's Consumer Affairs Minister, Heather Roy
  3. Nelson Mandela Children Fund trustee Jeremy Ractliffe

2.) Multiple Choice Question

No wonder the Finns were smiling. Newsweek has named their country as the best, followed by Switzerland and Sweden. What was the top-ranked non-European nation?

Finnish sports fan
  1. Japan
  2. Canada
  3. Australia
  4. Singapore

3.) Multiple Choice Question

"There is no question in anybody's mind that we are going to begin drawing down troops [from Afghanistan] in July of 2011." Said who?

  1. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates
    Robert Gates
  2. General David Petraeus
    Gen Petraeus
  3. UK Prime Minister David Cameron
    David Cameron

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Two thousand new words and phrases made it into the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English. Which of the following did not make it?

  1. Catastrophizing
  2. Wooting
  3. Frenemy

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A building on Winston Churchill's estate, Chartwell, has just been renovated. For what purpose did he design it?

  1. As a larder for game
  2. As a house to breed butterflies
  3. As a store room for cigars

6.) Multiple Choice Question

What were the opening words of Winston Churchill's famous Battle of Britain speech, which he gave 70 years ago this week?

Battle of Britain fighter planes
  1. "We have reached one of the climacterics..."
  2. "Almost a year has passed..."
  3. "The great day of victory over Germany has come"

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A psychic octopus called Paul predicted the winner of the World Cup. Now a crocodile in Australia is being credited with psychic powers. What is its name?

  1. Charles Darwin
  2. Clever Claws
  3. Dirty Harry


  1. It's Lord Pearson, who said his party needed "a better politician" at its head. Heather Roy resigned after losing her place as deputy leader of the Act party. Jeremy Ractliffe quit after admitting receiving blood diamonds from supermodel Naomi Campbell, and waiting years to hand them over to police.
  2. t's Australia, lying fourth on the magazine's list. Canada was seventh, Japan ninth, the US 11th, the UK 14th and Singapore 20th. It considered factors such as education, health and political environment.
  3. It was Mr Gates. Gen Petraeus had said a day earlier that the timing of the withdrawal would depend on conditions. Mr Cameron also spoke about the war, saying it keeps him awake at night.
  4. Wooting, widely understood as an exclamation of joy or excitement, does not feature in the Oxford Dictionary of English. Catastrophizing means presenting a situation as considerably worse than it actually is and a frenemy is a person that one is friendly with despite a fundamental dislike.
  5. It's the butterfly house. The building was originally a game larder, and was adapted to serve as a summer house, before Churchill had it converted again. He intended to start breeding butterflies in 1939, but had to wait until the end of World War II.
  6. It's "almost a year has passed". Churchill's "fourth climacteric" speech referred to Germany's invasion of Russia in June 1941. The "great day of victory" was Stalin's, in 1945, after Germany's defeat. His speech began: "Comrades, men and women compatriots."
  7. It's Dirty Harry. The crocodile, who lives at a wildlife park in Darwin, has predicted that Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be re-elected in Saturday's election.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Croc bottom

3 - 5 : Getting sharper

6 - 7 : Clever claws

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