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

Jane Russell, the film star who epitomised 1950s glamour, died this week. Decades ago, she was honoured by US servicemen who named a prominent landmark after her. Where is Jane Russell Hill?

  1. Korea
  2. Germany
  3. Vietnam

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Why did Jewish groups praise the Pope this week?

  1. He banned the "prayer for conversion of Jews" from the Latin Mass
  2. He halted moves to beatify WWII-era Pope Pius XII
  3. He rejected the view that the Jewish people were responsible for killing Jesus

3.) Multiple Choice Question

An academic this week claimed to have traced the name of Shakespeare's Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, back to where?

  1. India
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Ireland

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A set of stamps from China's Cultural Revolution, featuring an inscription by Chairman Mao to workers in a foreign country, sold for more than US$1.1m. They were never issued because the foreign country objected. Which was it?

  1. Japan
  2. Albania
  3. The USSR

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"It is not fair that the entire country is against me." Who said this?

  1. Germany's former defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who stepped down amid a plagiarism row
  2. Panamanian footballer Luis Moreno, who kicked the opposition's mascot, a live owl, off the pitch
  3. Actor Charlie Sheen after the sitcom he stars in was halted because he criticised the programme's producer

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Many Libyans have been hoisting an old flag (left) as a sign of their revolt against Col Gaddafi. What is it associated with?

  1. Independence from Italy
  2. Membership of the Federation of Arab Republics
  3. The military coup against King Idris

7.) Multiple Choice Question

In the UK, health experts are investigating the safety of fish pedicures after concerns that the pampering craze could spread infections. What are the tiny Garra Rufa fish also known as?

  1. Tootsie fish
  2. Doctor fish
  3. Nipper fish


  1. It was Korea. Operation Showdown was a protracted military engagement during the Korean War, in which the UN supported by the US Airforce set out to capture four major hills. One was renamed Jane Russell Hill by American GIs.
  2. It's exoneration of the Jewish people. Although the Catholic Church officially repudiated the concept in 1965, the Pope in the second volume of his book series, Jesus of Nazareth, explains why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ.
  3. It's Ireland. Dr Lisa Collinson, a medieval Scandinavian expert at Aberdeen University, says she has traced the unusual name to a little known Gaelic mystery tale from the dark ages.
  4. It was Japan. The Japanese government feared that the stamps might encourage the growth of Communism.
  5. It's footballer Luis Moreno. He continued playing for Colombian club Deportivo Pereira with opposition fans chanting "murderer". The owl, the Atletico Junior mascot, is reported to have later died.
  6. It's Libya's independence from Italy. The flag is associated with the rule of King Idris al-Sanusi, who ruled over the Kingdom of Libya until he was ousted in a miltary coup in 1969. It was replaced with a Pan-Arab red-white-black tricolor until 1972, when Libya joined the Federation of Arab Republics and adopted that flag. Col Gaddafi introduced his own all-green flag five years later.
  7. It's doctor fish. The beauty treatment, which is popular around Europe, Asia and in parts of the US, uses a type of toothless carp that nibble on the dead skin.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Down at heel

3 - 5 : Foot in the door

6 - 7 : Best foot forward

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 25 February

And if you want to give your long-term memory a vigorous workout, here is the quiz from the week before:

Weekly world news quiz 18 February

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