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.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

What Anglo-Saxon term has France's culture ministry decided to replace with a French language equivalent?

French fans at football
  1. Hashtag
  2. iPad
  3. Binge drinking

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Cat owners are confused about what their pet wants, a new survey suggests. When a cat lies on its back what does it want?

Cat on its back
  1. A tummy rub
  2. Its head stroked
  3. A play fight
  4. Something to eat

3.) Missing Word Question

Drivers warned over hidden *

  1. planes
  2. puffins
  3. deer

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Mercury prize winning band Alt-J have been hit by a curse, according to the Times. What hitherto unforeseen problem has come to light?

  1. David Cameron likes them
  2. Sales collapse since Mercury Prize
  3. Name infringes copyright

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The UK Foreign Office issued advice to US forces after the invasion of Grenada in 1983, it has emerged. What did they say would help win hearts and minds?

Grenada flag
  1. Barbecues
  2. Cricket matches
  3. Tank rides

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Take That advised that it only takes a minute to fall in love. But what was completed in a mere 7.36 seconds?

  1. Drinking a yard of ale
  2. Nigella Lawson's divorce
    Nigella Lawson
  3. Solving the Rubik's cube
    Rubik cube

7.) Multiple Choice Question

US business magazine Forbes has named Hollywood's highest paid actress. Who is it?

  1. Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie
  2. Sandra Bullock
    Sandra Bullock
  3. Kristen Stewart
    Kristen Stewart
  4. Jennifer Lawrence
    Jennifer Lawrence


  1. It's binge drinking. The approved term is "beuverie express". Hashtag was replaced earlier this year by "mot-diese". In 2011 civil servants were told to use "tablette" instead of iPad.
  2. It's the head stroke. According to the survey by charity Cats Protection a cat lying on its back is saying it trusts you not to touch its belly. It is also giving someone permission to stroke its head.
  3. It's puffins. Motorists in North Berwick have been asked to check for disorientated young puffins. The birds often settle underneath cars after searching for somewhere dark to hide.
  4. It's David Cameron. Aides have confirmed he is a fan. Cameron previously said he loved the Smiths' This Charming Man. Johnny Marr responded by tweeting: "I forbid you to like it." Alt-J's name is a keyboard shortcut for the mathematical symbol delta.
  5. It's cricket. The Foreign Office in Bridgetown, Barbados, suggested US troops mend roads and paint churches. "They could even have a shot at playing cricket," it added. "Let the Grenadians teach them something."
  6. It's the Rubik's cube. Australian Feliks Zemdegs claimed the world title in Las Vegas for solving it in 7.36 seconds. Nigella's divorce from Charles Saatchi was granted in "less than a minute", it was reported. The world record for a yard of ale is five seconds.
  7. It's Jolie. According to Forbes, the Tomb Raider star has earned $33m (19.5m) during her career. Hunger Games actress Lawrence is second with $26m (16.9m). Stewart is third in the list and Bullock seventh.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Flop

3 - 5 : Underground hit

6 - 7 : Blockbuster

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