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

Angelina Jolie is said to have signed a record-breaking deal for a single advertising campaign, with Louis Vuitton reportedly paying her £6.5m to be the face of the label. Who previously held the record?

Angelina Jolie
  1. Catherine Zeta-Jones
  2. Nicole Kidman
  3. Gwyneth Paltrow

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama released his birth certificate to quash the idea, fuelled by Donald Trump, that he was not born in the US. Mr Trump also released his birth certificate. Where was he born?

Birth Certificate
  1. St Mary's Medical Center, West Palm Beach
  2. Jamaica Hospital, New York
  3. Long Island College Hospital

3.) Missing Word Question

India bank * eat piles of cash

  1. Ants
  2. Termites
  3. Moths

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Russia has announced that it is banning the export of what from next month?

  1. Gold
  2. Petrol
  3. Vodka

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Italian researchers this week began looking for the remains of whom?

  1. Galileo
  2. Caravaggio
  3. The Mona Lisa 'model'

6.) Multiple Choice Question

I said: "Let's do something great and fun and serious and magical and bigger than us." Who said this?

  1. A banker who paid a cabbie to drive from New York to California
  2. Actor Michael Sheen, whose "crucifixion" was the grand finale to his 72-hour performance of The Passion

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Urban-dwelling birds differ from their rural cousins, scientists have discovered, by having bigger...?

  1. Brains
  2. Families
  3. Waistlines


  1. It's Catherine Zeta-Jones who was paid £3.2m for promoting T-Mobile. Nicole Kidman was paid £2.5m a year to be the face of Chanel and Gwyneth Paltrow has a deal with Estee Lauder said to be worth a reported £1.9m.
  2. It's Jamaica Hospital in New York. His birth certificate shows he was born 14 June, 1946. President Obama's certificate stated he was born in Hawaii.
  3. Staff at a bank in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh were found guilty of negligence after it was discovered that termites had munched through notes worth some 10 million rupees ($225,000/£137,000).
  4. It's petrol. It is banning the export after parts of the country ran out of fuel. Shortages have been growing since February when efforts by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to keep the price of petrol down inside Russia prompted fuel companies to seek higher prices abroad.
  5. It's the Mona Lisa model. Researchers used a geo-radar device to search for underground tombs in a Florence convent where Lisa Gherardini is believed to be buried.
  6. It's the investment banker. John Belitsky and his friend Dan Wuebben paid a New York cabbie $5,000 (£3,000) to drive them across America to California.
  7. It's brains. "Urban adapters" including tits, crows, nuthatches and wrens all come from families of related species that have large brains compared to their bodies, according to a new study of 82 species of birds from 22 families.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Sparrow

3 - 5 : Cuckoo

6 - 7 : Condor

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 22 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 15 April

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