Weekly world news quiz

Quiz of the week's 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 lodged in the old grey matter.

The Earth

1.) Multiple Choice Question

What's the significance of 21 October, 2011?

Rapture, volcano, Obama
  1. The revised date for the end of the world
  2. Air quality above Iceland due to return to normal
  3. Erroneous date Barack Obama put in Westminster Abbey's visitor book

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Denmark has banned the savoury spread Marmite under food safety regulations. But why?

Marmite on toast
  1. Salt levels
  2. Added vitamins and minerals
  3. Yeast is strictly regulated in Denmark

3.) Multiple Choice Question

French finance minister Christine Lagarde is in the running to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn as IMF chief. As well as a career in law, she was once a national champion in which sport?

Christine Legarde in a media scrum
  1. Horse riding
  2. Synchronised swimming
  3. Handball
  4. Women's rugby

4.) Missing Word Question

* 'may spread diseases'

  1. Vuvuzelas
  2. Ash cloud
  3. Pyjamas

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Barack Obama in his ancestral village of Moneygall, Ireland. "I just want you to know the president pays his bar tab," he said, handing over a 50-euro note. A pint of Guinness cost 4.20 euros in this pub - how much change did he get?

Barack Obama with pint of Guinness
  1. 50 euros - drinks on the house
  2. 45.8 euros
  3. None

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is to fight plans to erect a "Wellywood" sign in Wellington, New Zealand, home of director Peter Jackson. What did the famous original advertise when it was first built?

Artist's impression of Wellywood sign, photo by AFP/Wellington Airport
  1. Film studio
  2. Housing development
  3. Cigarettes


The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce holds the trademark to the Hollywood sign, and says Wellington needs permission to copy it. The New Zealand capital wants its own version to celebrate its burgeoning film industry.

Hollywoodland sign, photo from Bruce Torrence Hollywood Photograph Collection

7.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, the birthday question. Bob Dylan celebrated the big 7-0 this week. Sir Ian "Gandalf" McKellen and Joan "Dynasty" Collins also had birthdays. But who is the eldest?

Bob, Joan and Ian in their younger days
  1. Bob
  2. Joan
  3. Sir Ian


  1. It's the revised date for the end of the world, according to preacher Harold Camping, after 21 May passed without incident. Meanwhile, Mr Obama erroneously entered the date 24 May 2008 when signing the visitor book at Westminster Abbey.
  2. It's added vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and B12. By law, Danish authorities must give their permission for products with such additives to be sold. After protests, it clarified its stance as a ban on the marketing of Marmite - not a ban on imports.
  3. It's synchronised swimming. If Legarde gets the IMF job - for which she is frontrunner - she will be the first female to head the organisation known as "the world's banker" since its inception in 1945.
  4. It's vuvuzelas. Tests show that each toot on the noisy plastic horns expel "extremely large" numbers of liquid droplets into the air - many more than shouting does. Meanwhile, a British school has asked parents not to wear pyjamas when dropping off their children.
  5. No change given. Publican Ollie Hayes said he was nervous as he served the president: "Actually I didn't give him any change." Other reports suggested Barack and Michelle Obama spent the 50 euros on souvenirs as well their beer.
  6. It advertised a housing development, and originally read "Hollywoodland". The last four letters were removed in the 1940s.
  7. It's Joan Collins, 78 on Monday. Sir Ian turned 72 on Wednesday, the same day as Bob Dylan's 70th. Happy birthday to all.

Your Score

0 - 2 : No party invite

3 - 5 : Slice of cake

6 - 7 : Candles out in one breath

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 20 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 12 May

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