Weekly world news quiz

World Weekly 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

On Sunday, Lady Gaga made a headline-grabbing entrance at the Grammys encased in a giant egg. In a subsequent interview, she said the object - created by fashion designer Hussein Chalayan - was not an egg but a

gaga egg
  1. womb
  2. vessel
  3. pod

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A solar eruption has triggered a huge geomagnetic storm. It is the sun's most powerful explosion in four years. What is the strongest type of solar flare classified as?

solar flare
  1. X-flare
  2. Superflare
  3. Magnetic flare

3.) Multiple Choice Question

On Thursday, Belgian students were celebrating what is being called the chip revolution - breaking the world record for not having a government. The previous world record stood at 249 days, and was held by which country?

Chip revolution
  1. Iraq
  2. The Netherlands
  3. Lebanon

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Nokia has teamed up with Microsoft to use Windows on its phones. What is its existing operating system called?

  1. MeeGo
  2. Synergetic
  3. Symbian

5.) Multiple Choice Question

India's Foreign Minister SM Krishna was criticised for reading somebody else's speech at the UN for three minutes. When did he realise his error?

  1. He referred to "us women"
  2. When he implied his country was Portuguese-speaking
  3. When he started to thank himself

6.) Multiple Choice Question

This week, a computer called Watson beat two champion contestants on a popular US quiz show, Jeopardy. It invited comparisons to another ground-breaking computer, which beat chess champ Garry Kasparov in 1997. What was its name?

  1. Hal
  2. Deep Blue
  3. Einstein

7.) Missing Word Question

China row over * goldfish magic trick

  1. synchronised
  2. disappearing
  3. dancing


  1. It's a vessel. "Well, Hussein Chalayan, who designed it, he called it, he said, 'Make sure you tell everyone it's a vessel'," Gaga said in an interview with talk-show host Jay Leno.
  2. It's an X-flare. Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X. The Carrington Event is the name sometimes given to a solar storm in 1859 - the most powerful flare of the last 500 years.
  3. It's Iraq. Last month, Belgium also broke the European record for the longest period without a government, beating the Netherlands' 1977 milestone of 208 days.
  4. It's Symbian, Nokia's own-platform operating system. The MeeGo is an upcoming operating system, which is now expected to form the core of Nokia's future smartphone and tablet strategy.
  5. It was the Portuguese reference. "On a more personal note, allow me to express my profound satisfaction regarding the happy coincidence of having two members of the Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), Brazil and Portugal, together here today," he read. The speech was that of Portugal's envoy.
  6. It's Deep Blue, another computer built by IBM. At the time, it was considered a significant step forward in the field of artificial intelligence.
  7. It's synchronised. Chinese animal rights groups are urging TV stations not to show a magic trick of goldfish swimming in formation, saying it could involve the use of magnets and therefore harm the fish. The magician at the centre of the controversy, Fu Yandong, denies this.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Sprat

3 - 5 : Snapper

6 - 7 : Hammerhead

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

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Weekly world news quiz 4 February

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