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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

It emerged the Swiss army had carried out a training exercise that simulated an attack from a neighbouring country. Which one?

Swiss army soldiers
  1. France
  2. Germany
  3. Italy
  4. Liechtenstein

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What dance did it emerge UK Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson's families had done together recently?

Boris Johnson and David Cameron
  1. Twerking
  2. The Dougie
  3. Gangnam Style

3.) Multiple Choice Question

US authorities investigating the Silk Road, where people could buy drugs online, said they arrested the site's administrator "Dread Pirate Roberts". In which film does a character of this name appear?

Skull and crossbones flag
  1. Pirates of the Caribbean
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Labyrinth

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Tom Clancy, who has died aged 66, was working as a salesman when his 1984 novel The Hunt for Red October became a huge success. What was he selling?

Tom Clancy
  1. Used cars
  2. Insurance
  3. Encyclopedias

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The Gambia announced it was withdrawing from the Commonwealth. Which of the following is currently a member of the organisation?

Girl looking through Commonwealth flags
  1. Fiji
  2. Republic of Ireland
  3. Pakistan
  4. Zimbabwe

6.) Missing Word Question

* 'can be as good as pills'

  1. Laughter
  2. Singing
  3. Exercise

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A list of 100 reads that inspired rock legend David Bowie was released this week. But which of the following WASN'T included?

David Bowie in 1983
  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. La Peste by Albert Camus
  3. Viz magazine


  1. It's France. The Swiss army created a scenario in which France had split up into several regional entities. The wargame assumed forces of one region had invaded.
  2. It's Gangnam Style. The two families got together at Chequers for a rapprochement lunch, BBC political editor Nick Robinson reported.
  3. It's the 1987 adventure movie The Princess Bride.
  4. It's insurance. President Ronald Reagan said the book was his favourite thriller, an endorsement that Clancy said helped put him on the New York Times best-seller list.
  5. It's Pakistan. The country was suspended from 1999-2004 and again from 2007-8. Ireland left in 1949. Fiji was suspended in 2009 after it rejected calls to hold elections. Zimbabwe withdrew in 2003.
  6. It's exercise. Physical activity rivalled some heart drugs and outperformed stroke medicine in a study published by the British Medical Journal.
  7. It's La Peste. Camus' L'Etranger was, however, on the list, along with two titles by Orwell and the scatological Tyneside comic Viz.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Low

4 - 6 : Hunky Dory

7 - 7 : Heroes

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