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

Barack Obama targeted young voters this weeek with an appearance on the popular comedy programme The Daily Show. Host Jon Stewart called him "Sir" throughout, except for one time when he referred to him as...

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  1. Dude
  2. Bro
  3. Buddy

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A city in Italy is planning to ban miniskirts to improve what the mayor calls standards of public decency. What was NOT on the same list of no-nos that could result in a fine?

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  1. Football in public parks
  2. Blaspheming
  3. Low-slung trousers that expose underwear

3.) Multiple Choice Question

PSR J1614-2230 is in the news. What is it?

  1. A record-breaking neutron star
  2. A "rare earth" mineral at the centre of a row involving Chinese export
  3. A ballot initiative to legalise marijuana in California

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The sight of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with apparent bruising to his face has sparked rumours he is ill or has undergone cosmetic surgery. What was the official explanation?

  1. A judo injury
  2. Bad lighting
  3. Cosmetic surgery

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The world's fastest rollercoaster has just been unveiled in...

  1. Japan
  2. Italy
  3. Abu Dhabi

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A petaflop featured in the news this week - in conjunction with which story?

  1. The opening of the runway at the world's first spaceport
  2. Ancient bugs found in 50-million-year-old Indian amber
  3. China claiming the supercomputer crown

7.) Multiple Choice Question

What animal has roughly the same body mass as a human, but can run twice as fast, using half the energy, according to a study? published in a Royal Society journal?

  1. A baby giraffe
  2. An ostrich
  3. A Golden Retriever
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  1. It was dude. Mr Obama said an adviser "did a heck of a job," to which Mr Stewart said: "You don't want to use that phrase, dude."
  2. It's the low-slung trousers. The city council of Castellammare di Stabia approved a ban on football games in public parks and squares, blasphemy out loud, and "very skimpy clothes."
  3. It's the record-breaking neutron star, which is roughly 3,000 light-years from Earth.
  4. It's the poor lighting. Mr Putin's spokesman denied there was anything amiss. "There are no bruises there," Dmitry Peskov told The Associated Press. "He was just really tired after several flights and extra meetings. Also, the light may have fallen on him in an unfortunate manner."
  5. It's Abu Dhabi. The Ferrari theme park, complete with rollercoaster, is right next to its new racing circuit where the second Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is due to take place next month.
  6. It's the supercomputer. China has unveiled what it says is the world's fastest supercomputer. The machine is reported to set a new performance record of 2507 trillion calculations - or 2.5 petaflops - per second.
  7. It's an ostrich. The secret is their springiness, say researchers. Ostrich tendons store twice as much "elastic energy" per step than humans.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Dragging your heels

3 - 5 : Spring in your step

6 - 7 : Best foot forward

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