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

Russian spy Anna Chapman - who has become a celebrity at home since being deported from the US - is starting a new career. In what area?

Anna Chapman
  1. Music
  2. TV talk shows
  3. Politics

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What is happening to the zebra crossing made famous on the cover of the Beatles' album Abbey Road?

  1. It is being listed for conservation
  2. It is being moved 100 yards
  3. It is being erased - as the area gets pedestrianised

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A law allowing gay members of the armed forces to be open about their sexuality has been signed. Who introduced the previous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy?

  1. President George W Bush
  2. President Bill Clinton
  3. President Ronald Reagan

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Campaigners in the US have lost a bid to have polar bears listed as an endangered species. What would this classification have required the government to do?

polar bear
  1. Count the bears
  2. Assess the impact of climate change in the Arctic
  3. Create a new national park

5.) Multiple Choice Question

UFO watchers have descended on a village in France close to the Pic de Bugarach mountain. The mountain - said to be an alien garage - may have helped inspire which film?

ufo bumper sticker
  1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  2. ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
  3. Race to Witch Mountain

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Prices of one of India's staples have doubled in a week, leading the government to abolish import taxes. Which is it?

  1. Salt
  2. Wheat
  3. Onions

7.) Multiple Choice Question

American musician and painter Don Van Vliet, best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart, died this week. In his 10 Commandments of Guitar Playing, he exhorted musicians to listen to what?

Captain Beefheart
  1. The Devil
  2. The birds
  3. The blues


  1. It's politics. Ms Chapman has been given a key role with the governing party's youth organisation, the Young Guards. A spokesman for the group said Ms Chapman was "an example of unconditional patriotism" and a "good example for the new generation".
  2. It's to be given listed status. Over the past 40 years, the image of the Beatles walking over the pedestrian crossing near the Abbey Road recording studio has been copied by tens of thousands of fans. English Heritage says the crossing should now get government protection because it has become an iconic cultural site.
  3. It was President Clinton, 17 years ago. On Wednesday, President Obama fulfilled one of his major campaign pledges by signing the law. "No longer will tens of thousands of Americans be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country that they love," he said.
  4. It's assess the impact of greenhouse gases. The US Department of the Interior upheld its decision to classify the animal as "threatened" but not "endangered". To qualify for the latter, campaigners would have had to prove they were on the the brink of extinction.
  5. It's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The town's mayor has asked the government to help evict the new agers, who believe that the area will be the only place on Earth that will be spared if the world ends in 2012. Director Steven Spielberg has visited Bugarach, but the mountain he used in filming Close Encounters is Devil's Tower in Wyoming.
  6. It's onions. Unusually heavy rain in growing areas has made the vegetable scarce and expensive - but few Indian meals are made without it.
  7. It's the birds. "That's where all the music comes from. Birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. And watch hummingbirds. They fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren't going anywhere," the artist wrote.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Beefburger

3 - 5 : Beefsteak

6 - 7 : Beefheart

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

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Weekly world news quiz: 17 December

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Weekly world news quiz: 10 December

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