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

Which glamorous Europeans didn't get an invite to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding?

  1. Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia
  2. Exiled King Constantine of Greece and Princess Anne-Marie
  3. President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In Japan, robots are taking part what is claimed to be the first-ever what?

  1. Full-length marathon
  2. Orchestral recital
  3. Parliamentary debate

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama this week weighed into a debate about the law. What did he say his administration would do?

  1. Demand instant background checks before all gun purchases
  2. Support proposals guaranteeing paid maternity leave
    pregnant woman
  3. No longer defend a law defining marriage as a union between man and woman only

4.) Multiple Choice Question

This week's devastating earthquake in New Zealand broke an iceberg the size of 20 football pitches off the country's longest glacier. What is the name of the glacier?

  1. Tasman Glacier
  2. Fox Glacier
  3. Franz Josef Glacier

5.) Missing Word Question

Dinosaur named *

  1. thunder thighs
  2. jelly belly
  3. airhead

6.) Multiple Choice Question

China has long had a one-child policy. The city of Shanghai announced this week that is was introducing a new one-what policy?

  1. Car
  2. Dog
  3. Home

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Nasa's shuttle Discovery is on its final mission, after a long career. Which of the following is NOT true?

  1. It was the first shuttle to rendezvous with Russia's Mir space station
  2. It took the first American woman to space
  3. It's named after sailing ships


  1. It's the French first couple. Mr Sarkozy and his wife have not been invited as the wedding will not be a full state occasion. Serbia's Crown Prince Alexander is the Queen's godson, while King Constantine of Greece is Prince William's godfather.
  2. It's the marathon. In what is thought to be a first for world athletics, a full-length marathon for two-legged robots has begun in Osaka. Five knee-high androids will take days to walk the full 42km. Battery-changes and repairs to the athletes are allowed - but if the robots fall over, they're expected to get up by themselves.
  3. It's the definition of marriage. In a major policy change, Mr Obama says his administration will no longer defend a federal law which defines marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman. This week, a Human Rights Watch criticised the US for not having paid maternity leave, and some senators are currently pushing to expand checks for all gun sales.
  4. It's the Tasman Glacier. According to scientists, the chunk that was broken off is estimated to have been 1,200m long by 75m wide.
  5. It's thunder thighs. The new dinosaur, called brontomerus mcintoshi - or thunder-thighs - had enormously powerful thigh muscles, and was discovered in Utah.
  6. It's one dog. Officials say too many dogs have been abandoned by their owners. Last year, more than 140,000 people told the police that they had been bitten by unlicensed dogs. Restrictions on home purchases to one per household for a certain period of time were introduced in Shanghai in 2010.
  7. It was Challenger, not Discovery, that put the first American woman in space. Discovery was, however, the first shuttle to be piloted by a woman, Eileen Collins in 1995. There is a tradition of naming shuttles after ships. One of its forerunners was the vessel used in the early 1600s by Henry Hudson to explore Hudson Bay and search for a Northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Endeavour

3 - 4 : Challenger

5 - 7 : Discovery

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

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

Weekly world news quiz 18 February

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Weekly world news quiz 11 February

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