World weekly 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 did Commonwealth Games supremo Suresh Kalmadi (left) mistakenly credit for attending the opening ceremony?

  1. Princess Diana
  2. Usain Bolt - not attending because of scheduling issues
  3. Robert Mugabe - Zimbabwe has resigned from the Commonwealth

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Who or what is "Koro"?

  1. The name of a chimpanzee, famous for smoking cigarettes, who died this week
  2. A "hidden" language discovered in a remote part of India
  3. A cotton or linen shirt now recognised as Cuba's official dress garment

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The prolonged use of laptops is said to prompt "erythema ab igne", a condition which causes...

  1. A thigh rash
  2. Double vision
  3. Sore wrists

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"It had been years since my name was even mentioned." Who jokingly said this?

  1. Nobel prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa
  2. IVF pioneer and Nobel winner, Prof Robert Edwards
  3. Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who commemorated 20 years of German reunification this week
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5.) Multiple Choice Question

A student was awarded $23,800 in a lawsuit against her Brazilian University because the college expelled her for...

  1. Taking part in an advertising campaign
  2. Discussing her social life on Facebook
  3. Wearing revealing clothes

6.) Multiple Choice Question

It’s dinosaur discovery of the week – the question that likes to keep you abreast of paleontological events as they happen. How big did scientists say this grandfather of all dinosaurs was?

  1. Size of a domestic cat
  2. Size of a family car
  3. Size of a double-decker bus

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Michelle Obama was named the world’s most powerful woman by Forbes magazine. Who came second?

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  1. Singer Lady Gaga
  2. Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld
  3. US talkshow host Ellen Degeneres


  1. It was Princess Diana. Mr Kalmadi told a press conference "Yes, Princess Diana was there", before correcting himself to say: "Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall".
  2. It's the language, which is spoken by only about 1,000 people. Cuba's new national shirt is the guayabera, and the smoking chimp was called Charlie.
  3. It's a thigh rash caused by leaving a laptop on your lap. The condition is also seen with people constantly exposed to heat, like bakers or silversmiths
  4. It was Mario Vargas Llosa. The giant of Latin American literature whose political ambitions saw him run for president of his native Peru, finally won the 2010 Nobel Literature Prize at the age of 74.
  5. It's the clothes. Geisy Arruda's short, red mini-dress got her kicked out of Sao Paulo's Bandeirante University last October. The university reversed the decision to expel her, but Miss Arruda declined to take rejoin the college.
  6. It’s the size of a domestic cat. Scientists announced this week that footprints of this Prorotodactylus led them to believe that dinosaurs walked the Earth nine million years earlier than previously thought.
  7. It's Irene Rosenfeld. Lady Gaga and Beyonce Knowles made the top ten, at seventh and ninth places respectively, along with openly lesbian US talkshow host Ellen Degeneres, who took 10th place.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Also-ran

4 - 5 : Next time lucky

6 - 7 : No 1

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