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

Special lanes for pedestrians were introduced in a Chinese city. How were they split up?

Pedestrian lane
  1. Mobile phone and non-mobile phone users
  2. Doers and dreamers
  3. Quick and slow walkers

2.) Missing Word Question

* 'comes naturally' to chimpanzees

  1. Murder
  2. Dancing
  3. Scrabble

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Madrid this week named a square after which Briton?

Madrid on map
  1. Margaret Thatcher
  2. Winston Churchill
  3. Graham Greene
  4. John Lennon

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The latest innovation in funeral homes has been reported this week. What was it?

  1. Social media ceremonies
  2. Integral karaoke
  3. Drive-through funeral home

5.) Multiple Choice Question

What kind of restaurant was supposedly about to open in London before an internet backlash?

Dinner plate
  1. Council estate dinners
  2. Death row dinners
  3. Endangered species dinners

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Scientists in Canada have developed a high-tech chin strap. What does it do?

  1. Advises on how to shave
  2. Generates electricity from chewing
  3. Says you've drunk too much

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A video of which animal getting stuck on a Los Angeles escalator went viral this week?

  1. Rat
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Armadillo


  1. It was the mobile phone addicts. Some road users were sceptical about the safety benefits of the move in Chongqing.
  2. It's murder. A major study suggests that killing among chimpanzees results from normal competition, not human interference. Chimps cannot play Scrabble.
  3. It was the Plaza Margaret Thatcher. Commentators noted that the surrounding area has a reputation as the Spanish capital's most conservative.
  4. It was the drive-through funeral home. A parlour in Michigan has a viewing window to allow people to see loved ones without getting out of their car.
  5. It was death row dinners. A website for a themed pop-up diner was set up with photos of real inmates, prompting a backlash.
  6. The device generates power from jaws and may one day be used to power hearing aids and other small devices.
  7. It was a rat which seemingly did not realise it was fighting a losing battle against the handrail.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Rat race

4 - 6 : Roland Rat

7 - 7 : King Rat

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