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

A 3D erotic film - Sex and Zen 3D: Extreme Ecstasy - has broken box-office records in Hong Kong, partly thanks to an influx of viewers from mainland China. But which country do the porn stars in the leading roles come from?

China cinema
  1. Holland
  2. The US
  3. Japan

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Kate Middleton has had a coat of arms created for her ahead of her wedding to Prince William. Which of these three images is it?

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
    coat of arms

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Several hundred Anglicans in England and Wales have been converting to Catholicism and joining a special section of the Roman Catholic Church. What is it known as?

  1. Concordat
  2. Ordinariate
  3. Episcopate

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Finnish nationalist Timo Soini wore the scarf of an English championship league football club when he went to cast his ballot in the election that saw his party increase its share of the vote nearly five-fold. Which club?

Timo Soini
  1. Millwall
  2. Manchester United
  3. Middlesbrough


And here is Mr Soini in that Millwall scarf. The chant: "No one likes us, we don't care," originated with the London club.

more vote

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists reported the discovery of the biggest fossilised spider ever found, from the Inner Mongolian region of China. The female, which lived about 165 million years ago, belongs to a collection of spiders well known today. Which?

big spider
  1. Golden orb weaver
  2. Tarantula
  3. Crab spider

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The US Postal Service has admitted an embarrassing mistake. A new stamp of the Statue of Liberty features a photo of a Las Vegas casino's replica rather than the one in New York harbour. Which of these two pictures shows the right one?

statue of liberty
  1. Left
  2. Right

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The CIA declassified the US government's six oldest classified documents, dating from 1917 and 1918. Which spy technique did they mostly reveal?

  1. The art of disguise
  2. Code cracking
  3. Secret writing


  1. It's Japan. The adult movie is set at the raunchy court of Ming-dynasty ancient China. It has taken the Hong Kong box office by storm, beating the first-day record set by Avatar.
  2. It's C, which uses an acorn to symbolise strength and continuity. It includes chevrons that represent hills and mountains, in a reference to the outdoor activities the Middleton family enjoys. The first coat of arms is that of the Duchess of Cornwall, the second is the arms of Diana, Princess of Wales.
  3. It's Ordinariate, which was set up by Pope Benedict and allows former Anglicans to keep some of their traditions and welcomes married priests.
  4. It's Millwall, which has its home ground in south-east London. Mr Soini, a "die-hard" Millwall supporter, is rarely seen without his club scarf.
  5. It's the golden orb weaver. The researchers said that Nephila jurassica, as they have called their specimen, would have had a leg span of some 15cm.
  6. It's the one on the left. The facial features on the Las Vegas replica are more sharply defined than on the original. The stamp also shows a rectangular patch on the crown that is present on the 14-year-old statue at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but not on the 305ft (93m) copper statue in New York. The postal service said while it "regrets" the mix-up, the stamps will continue to be sold.
  7. It's secret writing. One document outlines the chemicals and techniques necessary for developing certain types of secret writing ink and a method for opening sealed letters without detection. Another memorandum dated June 14, 1918 - written in French - reveals the formula used for German secret ink.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Sleeper

3 - 5 : Spook

6 - 7 : Sleuth

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:

World weekly quiz 15 April

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

World weekly quiz 8 April

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