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

Organisers of the Beijing marathon have warned runners they will be disqualified if they do what?

Beijing Marathon
  1. Wear anti-pollution masks
  2. Fail to provide a passport
  3. Urinate in public

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Jeremiah Heaton of Abingdon, Virginia, US, claimed a territory as his own "kingdom" so his daughter Emily could be a "princess". Where was it?

Jeremiah and Emily Heaton
  1. Bir Tawil, East Africa
  2. Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica
  3. St Kilda, Scotland

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The body of a great white shark washed up on an Australian beach this week. On what is it thought to have choked?

Great white shark
  1. Box jellyfish
  2. Saltwater crocodile
  3. Sea lion
  4. Another shark

4.) Multiple Choice Question

New UK Chief Whip Michael Gove did not have the "most auspicious of starts" in his new job, the House of Commons was told. What fate reportedly befell him on his first day?

Michael Gove
  1. Got stuck in a toilet
  2. Lost on way to office
  3. Refused entry by security

5.) Multiple Choice Question

An inventor in Vermont has begun selling a machine that prints selfies. On what?

  1. Tacos
  2. Tea bags
    Tea bags
  3. Toast

6.) Missing Word Question

Early risers 'less * at night'

  1. tired
  2. patient
  3. moral

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A book, believed to be the first printed in the English language - translated by William Caxton - went on sale at Sotheby's this week. What was it?

Old book
  1. Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches)
  2. The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye
  3. Tyndale Bible


  1. Urinating in the street and other "uncivilised behaviour" will not be tolerated, athletes have been warned.
  2. It's Bir Tawil. Heaton travelled to the unclaimed 800-square-mile patch of desert between Sudan and Egypt to plant the flag of the Kingdom of North Sudan. Like Marie Byrd Land, Bir Tawil is unclaimed. St Kilda is UK territory although it has been uninhabited since 1930.
  3. The Western Australia Department of Fisheries said in a statement that it found "no visible signs of injury or disease" on the shark's remains but discovered "a large Australian sea lion" in its throat. The 4m-long (13ft) shark had earlier been filmed thrashing about in shallow waters at Coronation Beach, north of Perth.
  4. Labour's Angela Eagle told the House that Gove "managed to get stuck in the toilet in the wrong lobby and he nearly broke his own whip". Leader of the Commons William Hague defended his colleague, saying knowledge of Parliament's toilets was a "very important piece of information for any chief whip".
  5. It's toast. Customers are being asked to send in pictures of themselves to the Burnt Impressions company so that their toasters can be customised for $75 (44) to create individualised slices.
  6. It's moral. Researchers at Harvard University found "morning people" were more likely to behave unethically outside their favourite time of day.
  7. The book sold for 1,082,500 ($1,850,000) after Sotheby's added its commission. The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye is a version of a French book written around 1463. It was translated over a three-year period by William Caxton, who pioneered the printing press in England.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Closed book

4 - 6 : By the book

7 - 7 : Book-smart

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