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.

The number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

It was announced this week that there have been a record 278 nominations for which prize?

Award ceremony
  1. Nobel Peace
  2. Nobel Literature
  3. Oscar People's Choice

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In the week of a major new exhibition on the Vikings, what benefit did the Danish ambassador say the invaders had brought to the UK?

  1. Ship design
  2. Fish and chips
  3. Sarcasm

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A Canadian company has created a sports drink based on which unlikely ingredient?

Woman drinking sports drink
  1. Wine
  2. Porridge
  3. Beer

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Redditch in Worcestershire has come top of a list of the least musical parts of the UK, according to a new study mapping the nation's musical abilities. Who was born there?

Styles, Sheeran, Mumford
  1. Harry Styles
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Marcus Mumford

5.) Multiple Choice Question

The New York Times this week published a correction to a 1853 article on the case of Solomon Northup, portrayed in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave. What did the paper get wrong?

  1. His age
  2. Spelling of his name
  3. Where he was enslaved

6.) Missing Word Question

Police * lost for eight years

  1. motorbike
  2. dog
  3. password

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which celebrity this week sold a noted hat for $44,100?

  1. Pharrell Williams oversized hat
    Pharrell Williams
  2. Lady Gaga floppy hat
    Lady Gaga
  3. Princess Beatrice wedding hat
    Princess Beatrice


The hat, which drew much attention when the star wore it at the Grammys, was bought by US sandwich chain Arby's because of the similarity to its logo. The money for the hat - designed by Vivienne Westwood - has gone to charity.



  1. It was the Nobel Peace Prize. Among those thought to have been nominated are Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai and US whistleblower Edward Snowden as well as 47 organisations.
  2. It was sarcasm. Claus Grube said sarcasm, irony and understatement were now part of a shared heritage.
  3. It's beer. Lean Machine is marketed as a "recovery ale" with just 0.5% alcohol.
  4. It's Harry Styles. The residents of Hastings in East Sussex were judged to have the highest level of musical sophistication, according to researchers
  5. It was the spelling of his name. In the piece about the kidnapping and enslavement of a free black man named Solomon Northup, his name was misspelled twice as Northrop and Northrup.
  6. Police in India failed to act on hundreds of corruption complaints over an eight-year period because they did not know a computer password, the Indian Express Newspaper reported.
  7. It was Pharrell Williams's oversized brown hat.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Dunce's cap

4 - 6 : Cap in hand

7 - 7 : Top hat

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