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

For more than 3,000 years, speculation has raged as to how the boy king Tutankhamun died. What is the latest theory regarding his demise?

  1. Chronic constipation
  2. Scorpion sting
  3. Chariot racing accident

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A Stubbs painting of a kangaroo will stay in the UK after a fundraising drive. What did the painter call Australia in the artwork's title, The Kongouro from...

Stubbs painting
  1. Australia
  2. New Holland
  3. Great Southern Land
  4. Terra Australis

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A newly discovered novel by late folk singer Woody Guthrie and published by Johnny Depp is in the news. Why?

Woody Gutherie
  1. Shortlisted by the Bad Sex in Fiction Award
  2. Taylor Swift referenced it when she received a Country Music Association award
  3. Up for Pulitzer Prize

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A robot developed by Japanese scientists is so fast it can beat a human every single time in which classic game?

  1. Noughts and Crosses
  2. Rock, paper, scissors
  3. Hangman

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Sprinter Usain Bolt has revealed that he ate 1,000 what during his 10 days in China during the 2008 Olympics?

Usain Bolt
  1. Mr Tom Peanut Bars
  2. Chicken McNuggets
  3. Ice cubes

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Viewers are usually warned if a movie contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. What new rating is being introduced by four Swedish cinemas?

Stockholm film
  1. Homophobia
  2. Racism
  3. Sexism

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Shipbuilding is to end in Portsmouth. The city has a long history with the industry - HMS Victoria was launched there in 1859 (pictured). But what was the name of the first warship built there?

  1. Henry Grace a Dieu
  2. Mary Rose
  3. Sweepstake


  1. It's the chariot accident. Scientists using modern forensic methods say he died in a chariot accident, which shattered many of his bones and crushed his heart.
  2. It's New Holland, in use from 1644. Stubbs painted the kangaroo in 1772. The name Australia was proposed in 1804, and not officially approved until 1824.
  3. It's the Bad Sex award. Guthrie's House of Earth has been shortlisted for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Awards 2013, celebrating the most embarrassing passages of sexual description in a novel.
  4. It's rock, paper, scissors. The robot uses high-speed recognition and reaction, rather than prediction - effectively cheating.
  5. It's the Chicken McNuggets. Bolt revealed in his new autobiography Faster Than Lightning that he downed around 100 pieces of chicken a day.
  6. It's sexism. Films will receive an A rating if they pass the so-called Bechdel Test, which requires at least two named female characters to talk to each other about something other than a man. The cinemas are trying to highlight gender bias.
  7. It's Sweepstake. King Alfred is thought to have instigated ship construction there as early as the 9th Century, but the first recorded warship, the Sweepstake, was built there in 1497 in what is thought by some to be the UK's first dry dock.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Abandon ship

4 - 6 : Full steam ahead

7 - 7 : Shipshape

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