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

President Obama said earlier this week that he missed "being anonymous", and while he loved his life in the White House, he did not enjoy the "kabuki dance" of Washington politics. Where does kabuki originate?

  1. Indonesia
  2. Kenya
  3. Japan
  4. Hawaii

2.) Multiple Choice Question

It's 50 years since Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first human being in space. In newly released recordings of the event, he joked about having enough of a particular food to last him the trip. What was it?

  1. Macaroni
  2. Smoked sprats
  3. Sausage

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Objects looted by the French military 145 years ago returned home to South Korea on Thursday. What treasures are in the box?

France-S Korea
  1. Bronzes
  2. Books
  3. Buddhist statues

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The Pacific nation of Niue has been defending its "unusual" royal wedding stamps, which split Prince William from Kate Middleton with a perforation down the middle. The stamps are different prices, which one is cheaper?

Royal stamp
  1. William
  2. Kate

5.) Missing Word Question

* giants in price-fixing fine

  1. Petrol
  2. Chocolate
  3. Soap

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The world's largest emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India and China - met in China this week. Which other country joined the alliance this year, thereby slightly changing its original BRIC acroymn?

  1. Indonesia
  2. Chile
  3. South Africa

7.) Multiple Choice Question

More than 5,000 Czechs have signed up to a Facebook campaign to send what to President Vaclav Klaus?

  1. Pens
  2. Gloves
  3. Beer bottles


  1. It's Japan, where it is a classical dance-drama. In an interview with Hearst Magazines' publishers and editors at the White House, Mr Obama said: "I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks. I can't take a walk."
  2. It was sausage. After being told that he had salami, candy and jam to go with his tea, Gagarin joked back: "The main thing is that there is sausage - to go with the moonshine."
  3. It's books. French troops took away hundreds of Korean manuscripts when they raided a royal library. The books detail protocol for royal funerals, weddings and other ceremonies during the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled Korea from 1392 to 1910.
  4. It's Kate. The stamps, which raised eyebrows around the world, are sold as a pair for NZ$5.80 ($4.53, £2.79), but can be torn down the middle. Prince William's stamp is NZ$3.40 and Kate Middleton's is NZ$2.40.
  5. It's soap, as in washing powder. Unilever and Procter & Gamble have been fined 315m euros (£280m, $456m) for fixing prices of Omo, Surf, Tide and Persil in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands between 2002 and 2005.
  6. It's South Africa - giving the acroymn of BRICS. The five countries represent 40% of the world's population and a fifth of the global economy.
  7. It's pens. A video of the Czech president pocketing a ceremonial pen on a state visit to Chile has become an YouTube hit, attracting 1.5 million views. Chilean officials say that their visitors are free to take the pens after official signing ceremonies.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Ballpoint

3 - 5 : Felt-tip

6 - 7 : Fountain pen

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:

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World weekly quiz 1 April

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