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

Pope Francis was named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. How many previous pontiffs have won the accolade?

Pope Francis
  1. None
  2. One
  3. Two
  4. Three

2.) Multiple Choice Question

An electric guitar was sold for $965,000 (591,000) at a New York auction. To whom did the instrument once belong?

Fender Stratocaster guitar sold for $965,000 (591,000) at auction
  1. Bob Dylan
  2. Jimi Hendrix
  3. John Lennon

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Which senior British Member of Parliament attended a House of Commons vote dressed as Father Christmas?

Politician dressed as Father Christmas alongside Airdrie and Shotts MP Pamela Nash
  1. George Osborne
  2. Ed Balls
  3. Vince Cable
  4. George Galloway

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A list of words banned by Birmingham City Council's email system was revealed. Which political insult is NOT forbidden by the authority?

Keyboard and lock
  1. Commie
  2. Redneck
  3. Fascist

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The French census bureau sent a letter to which deceased historical figure?

Napoleon, Simone de Beauvoir, Joan of Arc, Charles de de Gaulle
  1. Napoleon
  2. Simone de Beauvoir
  3. Joan of Arc
  4. Charles de Gaulle

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which Latin American country became the first in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana?

Man smoking cannabis
  1. Bolivia
  2. Colombia
  3. Uruguay

7.) Missing Word Question

Shoppers shun ugly * says Tesco

  1. assistants
  2. veg
  3. uniforms


  1. Francis is the third pope to receive the honour. John Paul II was selected in 1994 and John XXIII was chosen in 1962.
  2. It's Bob Dylan, who played the Fender Stratocaster at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival - often cited as the performance where he "went electric".
  3. It's shadow chancellor Ed Balls, pictured with Labour MP Pamela Nash. Balls came to the lobby straight from the Westminster Kids Club Christmas party.
  4. It's fascist. A Freedom of Information request uncovered 130 words in the council's email filter. The list includes a number of sexual and anatomical terms as well as racist and homophobic slurs.
  5. The letter, addressed to Bonaparte, Napoleon, was sent by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies to 3 Rue Saint Charles in Ajaccio, Corsica - next door to the former emperor's birthplace, it was reported this week.
  6. It's Uruguay. A government-backed law passed by senators will allow registered Uruguayans over 18 to buy up to 40g (1,4oz) of the drug.
  7. It's veg. The chain's food sourcing director Matt Simiste told MPs that British shoppers were contributing to food waste problems by selecting only "perfect" produce.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Damaged goods

4 - 6 : Reduced to clear

7 - 7 : Freshly grown

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