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 7

1.) Multiple Choice Question

An extinct lizard that roamed South East Asia 40 million years ago has been named after which rock star?

Hendrix, Morrison, Harry, and Van Halen
  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Jim Morrison
  3. Debbie Harry
  4. Eddie Van Halen

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In France forbidden items are being smuggled into prisons using what unexpected vector?

  1. Tennis ball
    Tennis balls
  2. Mobile phone
    Mobile phone
  3. Cat
    Black cat

3.) Multiple Choice Question

James Caan was accused of hypocrisy after he took on the job of social mobility tsar. What did he have to own up to doing?

James Caan
  1. Hiding his private education
  2. Employing his own children
  3. Sacking receptionist for regional accent

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Education authorities in China brought in a ban to stop exam cheating. What unexpected item has been deemed suspect?

Chinese students in a classroom
  1. Baggy trousers
  2. Bras
  3. Wristbands
  4. Long sleeves

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Still in China... the Communist Party has issued a warning about a "kitsch and unoriginal" trend. What is it complaining about?

  1. Keep Calm and Carry On
    Keep calm and carry on bag
  2. Justin Bieber haircuts
    Justin Bieber
  3. Psy dance moves
    Psy doing gangnam style
  4. Yellow ducks
    Fake yellow duck on water

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A primary school in Essex was evacuated after a pupil took in what to show and tell?

  1. Paintball gun
    paintball gun
  2. Snake
  3. Artillery shell
    artillery shell

7.) Missing Word Question

JD Wetherspoon to open * pub

  1. underwater
  2. hospital
  3. motorway


  1. It's Morrison. Dr Jason Head said he'd been "listening to the Doors quite a bit during the research". The choice of Barbaturex morrisoni is a play on the late frontman's epithet "the lizard king".
  2. It's tennis balls. Inmates' friends and relatives whacked tennis balls containing drugs and contraband into exercise yards. In Russia guards caught a cat trying to climb into a prison with mobile phones strapped to its back.
  3. It's employing his children. Initially he urged parents not to help their children into a job. He later admitted he'd employed his daughters at firms he owned or had a financial interest in.
  4. It's bras. Schools in Jilin province installed metal detectors to stop listening devices being smuggled in. The detectors mean other items containing metal, including bras, have been banned.
  5. It's yellow ducks. A giant yellow duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has spawned many replicas. "The rubber duck was dragged down from its altar and becomes a mere symbol with no personality," said an article in the People's Daily.
  6. It's an artillery shell. The Year 5 pupil took the 20cm artillery shell into class. The school was evacuated and army bomb disposal teams were called in. They decided the device posed no danger.
  7. It's motorway. The pub chain will open its first pub at a motorway service station next to the M40. The pub is expected to be open by Christmas.

Your Score

0 - 3 : You've had enough

4 - 5 : One for the road

6 - 7 : On the house

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