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

"The idea is kind of like a Batman, Superman, but with more powers," said Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will be recast as a superhero in an animated series. What will he be called?

  1. The Governator
  2. Mr Universe
  3. The Terminator

2.) Multiple Choice Question

The crew of the International Space Station were on alert earlier this week for a potential collision with a piece of space junk. What was it?

space station
  1. Missile shrapnel
  2. A rocket fuel tank
  3. A piece of satellite

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Australia has unveiled tough anti-smoking measures - logos and branding on cigarette packets will be banned, and they will be repackaged in a colour that research showed was the most off-putting for smokers. Which?

cigarette butts
  1. Olive green
  2. Canary yellow
  3. Jet black

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Workers at the Fukushima Japanese nuclear plant are pumping what type of gas into the casing around one of the nuclear reactors, in an attempt to prevent a further explosion?

japan reactor
  1. Hydrogen
  2. Nitrogen
  3. Argon

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Which country has finally granted citizenship to its Kurdish minority?

  1. Syria
  2. Iran
  3. Turkey

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Millionaire businessman Richard Branson plans to explore the oceans with a jet-like submarine. It has been built to withstand pressure found more than 30,000ft below the surface - which is how many times the pressure exerted on a plane?

  1. 15 times
  2. 150 times
  3. 1,500 times

7.) Multiple Choice Question

At Bob Dylan's first gig in China - amid heightened tension after the detention of outspoken artist Ai Weiwei - authorities reportedly vetted his set list. Which one of these hits DID he sing?

  1. Blowin' in the Wind
  2. The Times They Are a-Changin'
  3. A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall


  1. It's The Governator, Schwarzenegger's nickname when he was Governor of California. The TV show and comic book is being developed with Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.
  2. It was a piece of a Chinese satellite, destroyed in 2000. Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and his crew were prepared to climb into their attached Russian Soyuz capsule for shelter, but an hour before the closest approach of the space debris, Nasa determined that it posed no danger.
  3. It's olive green. Claiming a global first, the Australian government says it wants to remove any remaining glamour from cigarettes, but some tobacco companies have questioned the legality of the legislation.
  4. It's nitrogen. As a nearly inert gas, nitrogen rarely reacts with other gases. Technicians began pumping nitrogen into the chamber of reactor on Thursday to reduce the risk of a hydrogen explosion.
  5. It's Syria. The offer came after President Assad met Kurdish leaders. It affects around 300,000 Kurds and is part of measures being introduced after weeks of pro-democracy protests in Syria.
  6. It's 1,500 times. The 18ft-long titanium and carbon-fibre vessel will explore more than 30,000ft beneath the surface and collect samples from the sea-bed.
  7. He played A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall - sample lyric: "Where the home in the valley meets the damp, dirty prison/Where the executioner's face is always well hidden" - but not the first two 1960s protest songs. Concerts in China tend to be monitored, especially after Bjork shouted slogans supporting Tibetan independence in 2008.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Desolation Row

3 - 5 : Slow Train

6 - 7 : Knockin on Heaven's Door

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

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