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

Italy's largest agricultural organisation has complained about foreign food brands named after whom?

Spaghetti Bolognese
  1. The Mafia
  2. Mussolini
  3. The Medicis

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of which animal?

  1. Leopard
  2. Crocodile
  3. Bat

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A maths teacher in Belgium used Game of Thrones to shock his class into silence. What did he do?

Game of Thrones character Daenerys Targaryen
  1. Invited the cast to class
  2. Threatened them with spoilers
  3. Dressed up as Joffrey

4.) Multiple Choice Question

After the annexation of Crimea by Russia, what has happened to the Ukrainian navy's team of spy dolphins?

Dolphin in the sea
  1. Handed to conservation charity
  2. Joined Russian military
  3. Escaped into Black Sea

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Newspapers in the UK reported a new theory about King Arthur's Camelot. Where did they say the mythical court was situated?

 Legendary sword of King Arthur
  1. Lichfield
  2. Wigan
  3. Launceston

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which honorary title has been reinstated by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott nearly 30 years after it was phased out?

Australian flags
  1. Dame
  2. High sheriff
  3. Marquess

7.) Missing Word Question

Giant * becomes the talk of Sweden

  1. reindeer
  2. meatball
  3. rat


Measuring 40cm (nearly 16in) plus tail, the creature terrified the family in Solna district. Pest controllers finally killed the intruder using an oversized trap.



  1. It's the Mafia. Coldiretti, which represents agricultural producers, has called on foreign governments to stamp out names like "Palermo Mafia Shooting" from pasta and pizza names.
  2. It's bat, which is a local delicacy. Guinea banned its sale and consumption to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
  3. It's spoilers. The teacher began writing the names of characters who would die in the fourth season of the American drama after threats of detention failed to control his class.
  4. They have joined the Russian military. "The combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected toward the interests of the Russian navy," the state-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.
  5. It's Wigan. But the supposed source, historian Graham Robb, says the newspapers got the wrong end of the stick from his book The Ancient Paths. Robb says he was referring to a theme park called Camelot that is now closed.
  6. It's dame. Along with knight, the award was discontinued in 1986 by Australia's then prime minister Bob Hawke. Current PM Tony Abbott has revived both and made outgoing Governor-General Quentin Bryce a dame.
  7. It's rat. The appearance of a massive rat in a Stockholm family's kitchen made headlines in Sweden, where it is being dubbed "Ratzilla".

Your Score

0 - 3 : Rats!

4 - 6 : Roland Rat

7 - 7 : King rat

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