End of year quiz


It's nearly the end of the year. Cast your thoughts back over 2010 and see how much you can remember of the news in our 12 days of Christmas quiz.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question - Jan

The Doomsday Clock - a barometer of nuclear danger for more than six decades - was moved in mid-January. Did it move closer to the "midnight hour" or further away?

Doomsday clock
  1. Closer
  2. Further away

2.) Multiple Choice Question - Feb

There was a lot of talks of PIGS in February. But what does the ugly acronym actually stand for?

  1. Firewall-busting Protocol Internet Global Security
  2. Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain - four eurozone countries with lots of debt
  3. Controversial oil rig the Petroleum Investigative Guardian Sub-Platform

3.) Multiple Choice Question - Mar

Russia - traditionally a winter sports powerhouse - ended 11th in the Winter Olympics' medals table, with just three golds. What did President Dmitry Medvedev call for at the end of the games?

  1. More money for sports
  2. The resignation of sports officials
  3. Better executives to run sporting bodies

4.) Multiple Choice Question - Apr

China and Nepal have ended a dispute over the height of Mount Everest. Why was there a 4m (13ft) difference between their measurements?

Mount Everest
  1. Use of different measuring equipment
  2. Only one side counted snow depth
  3. They started from different heights

5.) Multiple Choice Question - May

The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted in April, disrupting flights across northern Europe. But what does the name mean?

A church near the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
  1. Cold fire tower
  2. Island-mountain glacier
  3. Angry witch

6.) Multiple Choice Question - Jun

Julia Gillard became Australia's first female prime minister in June. What did she go on to say there was now a "once-in-50-year opportunity" to do?

Julia Gillard
  1. Turn Australia in to a Republic
  2. Push for greater gender equality
  3. Recognise indigenous people in the constitution

7.) Multiple Choice Question - Jul

The US selected Tony Blair to receive a medal and a $103,000 (£67,000) prize for his "steadfast commitment to conflict resolution". Which medal was it?

Tony Blair
  1. The Liberty Medal
  2. The Congressional Medal
  3. US Medal of Freedom

8.) Multiple Choice Question - Aug

In August, Ed Stafford became the first person to walk the length of the Amazon river in South America from the source to the sea. Who or what did he say he had his most dangerous encounters with?

Edward Stafford
  1. Giant jungle rats
  2. People
  3. Water

9.) Multiple Choice Question - Sept

Who, this month, spoke this month of invoking God to "light the blue touch paper and set the universe going"?

  1. Scientist Stephen Hawking
  2. Author and atheist Christopher Hitchens
  3. The Pope
    The Pope

10.) Multiple Choice Question - Oct

Thirty-three miners trapped in a mine in Chile were rescued in October via the Phoenix Two capsule. It was based on one used in which earlier rescue?

Underground image of trapped Chile miners
  1. Lengede-Broistedt mine, Germany, 1963
  2. Quecreek mine, Pennsylvania, US, 1992
  3. Beaconsfield mine, Australia, 2006

11.) Multiple Choice Question - Nov

After spending years in detention, Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in November. What were her first words?

  1. "I thought this day would never come"
  2. "There is a time to be quiet and a time to talk"
  3. "You have been my strength"

12.) Multiple Choice Question - Dec

Katia Zatuliveter (right), an aide to a British MP, was arrested amid allegations she spied for Russia. Previously, Anna Chapman was deported from the US to Russia after being outed as a spy. Which has been offered a political career with Vladimir Putin's party?

  1. Anna
  2. Katia


  1. It was moved one minute further away. The concept timepiece, devised by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) now stands at six minutes to the hour. The group said it made the decision to move the clock back because of a more "hopeful state of world affairs".
  2. It's how financial markets refer to the troubled and heavily indebted countries of Europe - Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain. Some analysts include Italy in the list of these financially troubled nations, making the acronym PIIGS.
  3. It was the resignations. "Unprecedented investments are being made in sports in Russia, but money is not everything," Mr Medvedev said. "We need to think about how we change our training methods. The new training system should focus on athletes who should be put at its cornerstone, not sports federations and their executives."
  4. It's the snow. The broadly accepted height of 8,848m (29,029 feet) was first recorded by an Indian survey in 1955. It measured the mountain's snow cap, as favoured by Nepal, rather than the rock beneath it, as favoured by China. The countries have now agreed that both measures are correct.
  5. It is "island-mountain glacier". The volcano has erupted twice this month, throwing ash miles into the air.
  6. It's greater rights for the country's indigenous people. Australia is to hold a referendum to recognise Aborigines in its constitution. In August, Ms Gillard said Australia should become a republic when Queen Elizabeth II dies.
  7. It was the Liberty Medal, one of the highest private honours in the US. It was awarded to Mr Blair in September for his role in the Northern Ireland peace process.
  8. It was people, including indigenous machete-wielding Ashaninkans. Many of the tribes he came across were suspicious of him as a rarely seen white man.
  9. It was Stephen Hawking. In a new book, the scientist sets out to contest Sir Isaac Newton's belief that the universe must have been designed by God as it could not have sprung out of chaos. He wrote: "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."
  10. It was used in Germany. The capsule was based on the Dahlbusch Bomb, which helped in what is known as the Miracle of Lengede, in which 11 West German miners were pulled alive from a collapsed mine.
  11. It was: "There is a time to be quiet and a time to talk." Respected for her inner strength and her serene and quiet resilience, and prevented from engaging in political dialogue, Ms Suu Kyi suggested that now was the time for discussion to begin with Burma's military leaders.
  12. It's Anna Chapman. She's joined the youth wing of Mr Putin's United Russia Party. Katia Zatuliveter is facing deportating from the UK to Russia.

Your Score

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5 - 8 : Tailor

9 - 12 : Soldier...

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