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

Elwood, the world's ugliest dog in 2007, has died. He was a Chihuahua crossed with what?

Elwood the dog
  1. Peruvian hairless
  2. Chinese crested
  3. Pug
  4. Neapolitan mastiff

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Spain's forthcoming Citizens' Security Law has been criticised for banning which activity in the street?

Spanish square
  1. Football
  2. Bull running
  3. Holy Week processions
  4. Donkey rides

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Research suggests neanderthals had three different rooms in their caves. Which of the following activities was a space NOT devoted to?

Cave painting
  1. Socialising
  2. Food preparation
  3. Washing
  4. Tool-making

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Russian state television used a Swedish kids TV show as propaganda against the European Union. What was the programme about?

Generic studio
  1. Bears in space
  2. Toilet training
  3. Birds and the bees
  4. Meatballs


In the middle of a report on 1 December about the background to the clashes in Kiev over the issue of Ukraine's relationship with the EU, viewers of official Russian state TV channel Rossiya 1 found themselves watching clips from the Swedish children's series Biss och Kajs.

Russia TV

5.) Missing Word Question

Koalas have unique * organ

  1. mouth
  2. stomach
  3. voice

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Amazon has said it is testing out a new way of delivering goods. What mode of transport is it looking at?

  1. Driverless van
  2. Drone
  3. Bicycle
  4. Motorbike

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Christine Fox has become the Pentagon's first female deputy secretary of defense. Which actress's movie role did her early career reportedly inspire?

  1. Kelly McGillis in Top Gun
  2. Demi Moore in GI Jane
  3. Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin


  1. It's Chinese crested. After adopting him, owner Karen Quigley wrote Everyone Loves Elwood, a children's book about self-acceptance. "He taught children it's OK to be different," she said.
  2. It's football. The law bans "the practice of games or sporting activities in spaces not designed for this". Such curbs have been condemned by Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez and human rights activists.
  3. It's washing. Butchering animals, making tools and social gatherings were all done in different areas of the cave, according to Dr Julien Riel-Salvatore, an anthropologist at the University of Colorado Denver.
  4. It's toilet training. Russian state TV channel Rossiya 1 showed clips of Biss och Kajs - a play on the Swedish words for "wee-wee" and "poo-poo". The anchor argued it exemplified Western decadence.
  5. It's voice. Koalas have evolved a vocal organ that allows them to produce very low-pitched sound. The marsupials use it to make their mating calls, researchers say.
  6. It's drone. Packages would supposedly be dropped on to people's lawns by small pilotless aircraft. "I know this looks like science fiction," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. "It's not."
  7. It's Kelly McGillis. Fox was working as a mathematician at the Miramar Naval Air Station when she was introduced to the film's producers. They were looking for a love interest and based it on her, according to People magazine.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Lost That Loving Feeling

4 - 6 : Danger Zone

7 - 7 : Take My Breath Away

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