Weekly world news quiz

Quiz of the week's news

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 lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Donald Trump. Property magnate, TV personality and possible US presidental hopeful. He's now explained how he creates his much-commented-upon coiffure. Which one DOESN'T he do?

Donald Trump
  1. Use anti-dandruff shampoo
  2. Use a hairdryer
  3. Sculpt it with a comb

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of these sculptures is the odd one out?

From left, Zodiac Heads, Sunflower Seeds and Leviathan
  1. Zodiac Heads, left
  2. Sunflower Seeds, middle
  3. Leviathan, right


The latest Lonely Planet guide for travellers to Britain is out, and pulls no punches on key tourist hotspots. On the next page you will see a quotation - which particular attraction does it refer to?

Tourists on open-top bus taking photos

3.) Multiple Choice Question

"If you can leave without buying a _________, you'll have resisted one of the most keenly-honed marketing machines in the country."

Edinburgh, Hamlet play, Westbourne Grove sign, Stonehenge
  1. Replica Edinburgh castle
  2. Shakespeare novelty pencil
  3. Notting Hill street sign
  4. Stonehenge tea-towel

4.) Missing Word Question

Chick sex swayed by farm *

  1. grazing
  2. pesticides
  3. noise

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A rare kiwi (not pictured) has been found in Russia, thousands of miles from its usual habitat. True or false - it's found in the wild only in New Zealand?

Kiwi toy
  1. True
  2. False

6.) Multiple Choice Question

"I would like to remind you that I'm a Ferrari. When you lift my bonnet, you do so with white gloves." Who?

  1. Nicolas Sarkozy, played by Denis Podalydes, in the satire La Conquete (The Conquest)
    Denis Podalydes as Nicolas Sarkozy in The Conquest
  2. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, playing a museum guide in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris
    Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
  3. Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, testing safety technologies at the European Parliament
    Schumacher with yellow safety mascot

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, these gates have been replaced with replicas to prevent further damage by Beatles fans. But what's inside, immortalised in the song Strawberry Fields Forever?

Gates on Liverpool's Strawberry Field, with fan graffiti
  1. A fruit farm
  2. Salvation Army children's home
  3. John Lennon memorial in New York's Central Park


  1. He doesn't use a hairdryer. He told Rolling Stone magazine: "OK, what I do is, wash it with Head and Shoulders. I don't dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour... It's not really a comb-over. It's sort of a little bit forward and back."
  2. Leviathan - it is by sculptor Anish Kapoor, while the others are by China's Ai Weiwei. On Tuesday, Kapoor dedicated Leviathan to Ai, and called for galleries around the world to close for a day in protest at his detention by the Chinese authorities.
  3. It's "Shakespeare novelty pencil". So said Lonely Planet about the playwright's birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon. It described London's Notting Hill as shabby as well as chic, Edinburgh Castle as atmospheric but expensive, and Stonehenge as mystical despite the traffic and the crowds.
  4. It's "grazing". Researchers found that meadow pipit birds produce few males if land near their nests is either grazed heavily or not at all, with light grazing bringing more males.
  5. True - it's a New Zealand native bird. Whether the bird found in the Russian port of Sochi - some 16,000km (10,000 miles) from New Zealand - is indeed a kiwi is being investigated.
  6. It's a line from La Conquete, a French satire on Mr Sarkozy's rise to power. It premieres at the Cannes Film Festival, where Allen's latest had its first screening on Wednesday.
  7. Strawberry Field was a children's home in Liverpool, near where John Lennon grew up. The song was inspired by his memories of playing in its garden. A Central Park memorial - opposite the apartment building where he died - is called Strawberry Fields.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Help!

3 - 5 : We Can Work It Out

6 - 7 : I Feel Fine

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

If you missed our world news quiz last week, you can catch up here: Weekly world news quiz 5 May

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 29 April

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