Quiz of the week's news


It's the Magazine's 7 days, 7 questions quiz - an opportunity to prove to yourself and others that you are a news oracle. Failing that, you can always claim to have had better things to do during the past week than swot up on current affairs.

Number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which author confesses - in a letter to be auctioned - that it was "extremely possible" that he helped himself "promiscuously" to the ideas of others for a well-loved work of children's fiction?

  1. Rudyard Kipling
  2. Lewis Carroll
  3. JM Barrie
    JM Barrie

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Video footage released this week shows Russian daredevil Valery Rozov successfully carrying out the world's highest base jump. What did he jump off?

Valery Rozov
  1. Mount Everest
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. The Eiger

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A newly discovered species of dinosaur has been named Aurornis xui. Xui honours paleontologist Xu Xing, while the first part mixes Latin and Greek. What is the closest translation of Aurornis?

  1. Magical creature
  2. Dawn bird
  3. Morning runner

4.) Missing Word Question

Germany to test anti-grafitti *

  1. drones
  2. marshals
  3. cannon

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Still in Germany... a terrified woman called the police after she was kept awake at night by persistent ringing on her doorbell. The culprits?

  1. Owls
  2. Ants
  3. Bears

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A report on The State of the Internet found that 24% of people globally share "everything" or "most things" online. But whose nationals are the biggest sharers - with 60% of respondents saying they were big sharers?

Mobile phone
  1. The US's
  2. China's
  3. Saudi Arabia's

7.) Multiple Choice Question

It's been 60 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest. The mountain is known as Chomolangma in Tibetan. What does it mean?

  1. Mountain of Pain
  2. Mother of the Universe
  3. Goddess Mother of Snows


  1. It was Rudyard Kipling, writer of The Jungle Book. In a letter dated 1895, Kipling admits that parts of The Jungle Book's Law of the Jungle "were bodily taken" from codes formulated by the Inuit communities.
  2. It was Mount Everest. The stunt took more than two years to plan and a minute to execute. It took place on 5 May but video footage was only made public this week.
  3. It's dawn bird. "Aurora" is Latin for "daybreak" or "dawn". Ornis is Greek for "bird". The fossil, which may be the earliest creature yet discovered on the evolutionary line to birds, has been unearthed in China.
  4. It's drones. Germany's national railway company plans to test airborne, infrared camera drones to try to collect evidence about graffiti being sprayed on its property. Graffiti is reported to cost Deutsche Bahn about 7.6m euros (6.5m; $10m) a year.
  5. It's ants - a nest of them to be exact. The creatures had built such a large nest that it pressed the switching elements together.
  6. It's Saudi Arabia's. Sixty per cent of respondents said they shared things, including status updates, feelings, photos, videos and links. The US came in at 15%, China about 32%, according to a report by US venture capital company Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB).
  7. It's Goddess Mother of Snows. In Nepalese, it's known as Sagarmatha, Mother of the Universe.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Descending

4 - 5 : Ascending

6 - 7 : Peaked

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