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

Pictures of a dead shark discovered on a New York subway have been posted on social networking sites. But what happened to the creature's corpse, according to officials?

  1. A passenger kept it
  2. It was sent to Central Park Zoo
  3. It was binned by the conductor

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which animals hold the record for retaining memories, according to scientists?

  1. Dolphins
  2. Elephants
  3. Pigs

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The world's first lab-grown beef burger was tasted this week. Which technology boss bank-rolled the venture?

Stem cell burger
  1. Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos
  2. Google co-founder Sergey Brin
  3. Oracle boss Larry Ellison

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A study into why dogs yawn in certain situations has prompted scientists to speculate that canines can experience...

Dog yawn
  1. Embarrassment
  2. Boredom
  3. Empathy

5.) Missing Word Question

* 'might prevent memory decline'

  1. Cocoa
  2. Peppermint
  3. Marijuana

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Historians are to stage a mock trial in a bid to settle competing claims for the location of the Rubicon, the Italian river Julius Caesar crossed with his army in 49 BC leading to war. Which phrase was uttered at the river?

  1. Divide and conquer
  2. The die is cast
  3. I came, I saw, I conquered

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Marmite's new ad, which features jars being "saved" by rescue teams from homes where they have been neglected, has prompted complaints. Which slogan for the yeast-based spread is the oldest...

  1. Love it or hate it
  2. My Mate, Marmite
  3. They were launched in the same year


  1. Apparently, it was put in a bag and binned by a conductor. Photos on the blog Gothamist depict the shark on the subway with a cigarette in its mouth with a fare card and Red Bull can nearby.
  2. It's dolphins. Researchers in the US say that even after 20 years of separation, dolphins could recall the whistles of former companions.
  3. It was Google's Sergey Brin, who said that he funded the 250,000 euro (213,000, $330,000) project, because he was motivated by a concern for animal welfare.
  4. It's empathy. A new study shows how the irresistible impulse to yawn can spread between humans and their dogs. According to researchers this could be an indication of empathy - the capacity to identify with another person's emotional state - in man's best friend.
  5. It's cocoa. A study of 60 elderly people with no dementia found two cups of cocoa a day improved blood flow to the brain in those who had problems to start with.
  6. It's the die is cast - or alea iacta est. Three rivers in north-east Italy each claim to be the historical Rubicon, which gave rise to the phrase crossing the Rubicon - reaching the point of no return.
  7. It was My Mate, Marmite. An earlier slogan claimed that the product was "good for you". People complained that the new ad, which includes the strapline, Love it. Hate it. Just Don't forget it, trivialises the work of both animal welfare charities such as the RSPCA and child protection agencies.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Hate it

3 - 5 : Love it

6 - 7 : It's good for you

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