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

A jar was sold for 5,250 yuan ($860, £512) by an artist in China, it was revealed this week. What was in it?

Artist holding jar
  1. Fresh air
  2. A "kiss"
  3. A grain of rice

2.) Multiple Choice Question

This dog hit the headlines in New York this week - what had it done?

  1. Raced a train along the tracks
  2. Rode on the roof of a Metro train
  3. Pulled a man who had fallen on train tracks off

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A seal ring, discovered in a rare sarcophagus containing the remains of a man, was shown to the public. Which ancient civilisation did it belong to?

  1. Mayan
  2. Aztec
  3. Egyptian

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A city in Sweden is experimenting with a shorter working day. How many hours?

Swedish flag
  1. 5
  2. 6
  3. 7

5.) Missing Word Question

Paxman to talk * in Edinburgh

  1. otters
  2. German
  3. beards

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A former prime minister this week wrote a newspaper article revealing their admiration for Game of Thrones. Who was it?

  1. Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland
  2. Julia Gillard, Australia
    Julia Gillard
  3. Gordon Brown, UK
    Gordon Brown

7.) Multiple Choice Question

French President Francois Hollande has banned what from cabinet meetings?

Francois Hollande waving French flag
  1. Use of English
  2. Mobile phones
  3. Food


  1. It's fresh air. Beijing artist Liang Kegang collected the Provence air while on a trip to southern France. He invited fellow artists and collectors to a special auction in protest against the pollution of his home city.
  2. The dog raced the Metro-North train from the Bronx to Manhattan on a parallel track, passing it at one point when it stopped at a red light. The train driver alerted the rail command centre.
  3. It's Egyptian. The 3,300-year-old broken coffin, containing the remains of an influential Canaanite man, was revealed in Israel after archaeologists salvaged artefacts from a trench dug for a new gas pipeline. It's the first time in around 50 years that a person-shaped coffin had been found in present-day Israel.
  4. It's six. The experiment is being undertaken by municipal staff in Gothenburg and it's hoped it will increase efficiency and reduce absenteeism.
  5. It was beards. The one-man show will cover such topics as pogonophobia, or fear of beards.
  6. It's Julia Gillard. Her piece in the Guardian revealed that when she was prime minister she felt the "addictive power" of Game of Thrones. "I was barracking for the Khaleesi. After all, what girl has not yearned for a few dragons when in a tight spot?"
  7. It was mobile phones, which must now be surrendered at the door to help ministers concentrate on the task at hand.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Zut alors

4 - 6 : Bof

7 - 7 : Légion d'honneur

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