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 was lauded this week as a "real man"?

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio - who attended a tiger summit
  2. John Travolta - who became a father again
  3. Cliff Richard - who has the biggest-selling male celebrity calendar

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Recent research has nailed the old cats v dogs debate. So, which are smarter?

cats and dogs
  1. Cats
  2. Dogs

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Facebook has just trademarked a common word, claiming sole use of it in the fields of telecommunications and online chatrooms. Which one?

  1. Like
  2. Face
  3. Book

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Some people who opted out of Google Street View in Germany had their homes pelted with eggs and a notice on their doors reading...

  1. Privacy is overrated
  2. Canoodle the google
  3. Google's cool
  4. This notice will be blurred

5.) Multiple Choice Question

According to a UN-Habitat report this week, which of the following is seeing the fastest urbanisation?

  1. Africa
  2. The Indian sub-continent
  3. Latin America

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama performed an annual presidential ritual by pardoning a pair of turkeys on Thanksgiving Eve. Where have they now gone to see out their days?

  1. Disneyland
  2. George Washington's mansion
  3. A local primary school

7.) Multiple Choice Question

It's the battle of the flagpoles. Which country - flag pictured - is taking flag waving to new heights by constructing a 165m (540ft) pole in its capital, in order to grab the highest flagpole title from Azerbaijan?

  1. Tajikistan
  2. Turkey
  3. Egypt


  1. It was DiCaprio. The actor was described by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as a "muzhik" - or real man - for attending an international summit to protect tigers. Mr Putin also thanked the actor for pledging one million dollars to the tiger cause.
  2. It's the dogs. Scientists at Oxford University studying the evolution of brain size say dogs' brains have grown more than their aloof feline counterparts, and sociable mammals need more grey matter than solitary creatures. Cat owners may, at this point, refer to another recent study which found cats innately understand the complexities of fluid dynamics, shown in how they lap milk.
  3. It's "face". Reports suggest it is trying to do the same with "book" and with "like", which is what its users do when they, er, like something someone else has posted.
  4. It was Google's cool. According to local reports, the properties involved in Essen, western Germany have all chosen to be blurred on Google's Street View service.
  5. It's Africa. According to UN-Habitat's State of African Cities 2010 report, the number of people living in African cities will triple over the next 40 years and by 2050 60% of Africans will be city dwellers.
  6. It's George Washington's former home. They will live in a private sanctuary at the first president's former estate, Mount Vernon. The turkeys were sent to Disneyland from 2005 to 2009.
  7. It's Tajikistan. The president's press service said this week that work had started on building the world's tallest flagpole. It would narrowly outstrip the current record-holder, Azerbaijan's 162m (531ft) staff.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Half-baked

4 - 5 : Half-mast

6 - 7 : Not half good

If you missed our world news quiz last week, you can catch up by clicking here:

World news quiz: 19 November

And if you want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here is the quiz from the week before:

World news quiz: 12 November

The world news quiz is published every week, on a Friday.

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