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

Violinist Vanessa Mae will represent Thailand at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, it was announced. But in which event will she compete?

Vanessa Mae
  1. Curling
  2. Luge
  3. Skiing
  4. Snowboarding

2.) Multiple Choice Question

South Africa's government ordered sculptors to remove a bronze animal hidden inside the ear of a Nelson Mandela statue. Which creature was depicted?

Statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa
  1. Eagle
  2. Lion
  3. Rabbit


The sculptors reportedly inserted the rabbit as a trademark signature and to denote the speed with which they had to complete the statue - rabbit in the Afrikaans language is "haas", which also means haste.

Sculped rabbit inside ear of Nelson Mandela statue

3.) Multiple Choice Question

With which Beatles song did Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper serenade his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu?

Stephen Harper and Benjamin Netanyahu
  1. Hey Jude
  2. Let It Be
  3. Love Me Do

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What did a spokesman for Vladimir Putin say the Russian leader never deliberately did, in an interview with a Russian newspaper?

  1. Pose topless
  2. Swear
  3. Hurt an animal

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Five people were charged over the 1978 Lufthansa robbery at New York's Kennedy International Airport, a heist that featured in the Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas. Where was the job said to have been planned?

Vincent Asaro
  1. Snoope's Bar
  2. Fat Tony's
  3. Robert's Lounge

6.) Missing Word Question

Church issues Twitter *

  1. prayers
  2. commandments
  3. ban

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Germany's Saarland region says it wants its next generation to be bilingual in German and which other language?

Man carrying shopping bag in the colours of the German flag
  1. Dutch
  2. English
  3. French
  4. Luxembourgish


  1. Mae, a keen skier since childhood, has been competing as Vanessa Vanakorn using her father's surname. Her manager said she "qualified by a whisker".
  2. It was a rabbit.
  3. It was Hey Jude. Mr Harper performed the song at a state dinner in Jerusalem. Afterwards, Mr Netanyahu told him: "Thank you, Stephen. It was great."
  4. It's pose topeless. A Kremlin spokesman was quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper as saying: "If you think that he deliberately posed topless in front of the cameras, you are again mistaken." He said the Russian president was always accompanied by a photographer, and simply "lives his life".
  5. It's Robert's Lounge, a saloon in New York City that served as a mob HQ from 1957 until early 1979. In Goodfellas, the bar is owned by gangster Jimmy "The Gent" Conway, played by Robert DeNiro.
  6. It's "commandments". A Church of England diocese has issued a list of social media rules to its staff and clergy, urging them to consider God when tweeting the masses.
  7. It's French. Leaders in Saarland, which borders France and Luxembourg, say they hope the region will be fully bilingual from 2043. They plan dual-language teaching from pre-school as well as requiring new state employees to be able to work in French.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Pidgin

4 - 6 : Conversational

7 - 7 : Fluent

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