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

Time magazine's Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg, 26, who becomes the youngest recipient since who?

  1. Aviator Charles Lindbergh
    Charles Lindbergh
  2. Sprinter Jesse Owens
    Jesse Owens
  3. The Queen

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Larry King hosted his final CNN chat show this week, after 25 years. He is pictured here with Donald Trump in 1999, but who was his first guest, in 1985?

Larry King and Donald Trump
  1. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
  2. Boxer Mike Tyson
  3. New York governor Mario Cuomo

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The European Court of Justice this week issued a ruling in relation to Dutch cannabis cafes. What does the government want to do with the cafes?

cannabis cafe
  1. Take over the running of them
  2. Ban foreigners from visiting them
  3. Close them

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which former Latin American strongman was Italy's Silvio Berlusconi likened to this week?

  1. Peru's Alberto Fujimori
  2. Chile's Augusto Pinochet
  3. Panama's Manuel Noriega

5.) Multiple Choice Question

What was washed up off the coast of Israel after a massive storm this week?

beach damage
  1. The torso of a Roman statue
  2. Barrels of explosives
  3. A whale


Here is the mysterious white-marble figure of the woman in a toga, which was found in the remains of a cliff that crumbled under the force of 60mph winds and 40ft waves.


6.) Multiple Choice Question

A 400-year-old skull that spent decades in the attic of a tax collector was revealed this week to be that of French King Henri IV. The skull was donated to a descendant of the king's from the House of...

Henry IV
  1. Bourbon
  2. Orleans
  3. Valois

7.) Multiple Choice Question

"A nuisance that slows down the line at grocery stores." These were the words of a Canadian senator this week describing what?

  1. The penny coin
  2. Loyalty cards
  3. The chip-and-pin device


  1. It's Lindbergh, who graced the magazine's first end-of-year cover in 1927, aged 25. The Queen earned the title in 1952, aged 26, while Owens never did. The year he won four Olympic gold medals, in 1936, Time picked Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson.
  2. It was Cuomo, and there was speculation that he would be invited back for the final show on Thursday. King is to be replaced by Piers Morgan.
  3. It's the banning of foreigners. The European Court of Justice ruled that the Dutch border town of Maastricht was within its rights to bar foreigners from cafes selling cannabis. The town imposed the ban in 2005 to stop tourists from neighbouring Belgium and Germany flooding in. The Dutch government wants to extend the restrictions nationwide.
  4. It was Noriega. The prime minister was attacked in parliament by the former investigating magistrate, Antonio Di Pietro: "So, whether you like it or not, you have arrived to the finishing line of your political career," he told Mr Berlusconi. "All you can do is to resign yourself to your destiny, give yourself up to the judiciary, and, just as another Noriega, surrender for trial."
  5. It's the Roman statue which, officials said, had been buried for centuries. Although its head and arms were missing, its "delicately carved sandals" remained intact.
  6. It was Bourbon. Known as the Green Gallant, Henri of Navarre was the first Bourbon King and grandfather of Louis XIV.
  7. It's the penny coin. A Canadian Senate committee has urged the government to remove the one-cent coin, or penny, from circulation, saying the cost of producing it exceeds its financial value. "The fact is that the penny is not of much use any more," the Senate Finance Committee chairman said.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Penny

4 - 6 : Dime

7 - 7 : Dollar

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

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