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.

Number seven

1.) Multiple Choice Question

What have a group of Swedish scientists been sneaking into their academic papers as a bet?

  1. Bob Dylan quotes
    bob dylan
  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
  3. Kim Kardashian pictures
    Kim Kardashian

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Tetris is going to be made into an "epic sci-fi" blockbuster. Which of these video games has NOT been made into a feature movie?

  1. Super Mario Bros
  2. Mortal Kombat
  3. Street Fighter
  4. Pac-Man

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Leonardo da Vinci's The Lady with an Ermine was originally painted without the stoat-like creature, a scientist discovered. It's thought to refer to her lover. Who?

lady and the ermine
  1. Leonardo da Vinci
  2. The Duke of Milan
  3. Michelangelo
  4. Lorenzo de' Medici

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Prince gave only one response in a three-hour Q&A with fans on Facebook. What was the topic?

  1. Disposable cameras
  2. 432hz sound frequencies
  3. A faulty car

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin got the address wrong of which famous landmark?

Sarah Palin
  1. The New York Stock Exchange
  2. UK prime minister's house
  3. The White House

6.) Multiple Choice Question

With a time of four hours and 26 minutes, a Chinese police officer broke the world record for which gym-based activity?

  1. Balancing on a stability ball
    balancing on ball
  2. Rowing machine marathon
    rowing machine
  3. Planking

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Fans have been warned of an impostor posing for photos as a famous rock star in New York. Which musician was he impersonating?

keith richards, Iggy Pop, Rod Stewart, Bono
  1. Keith Richards
  2. Iggy Pop
  3. Rod Stewart
  4. Bono


  1. It's Bob Dylan. The five scientists have published papers including Nitric Oxide and Inflammation: The Answer is Blowing in the Wind, Tangled Up in Blue: Molecular Cardiology in the Postmolecular Era, and The Biological Role of Nitrate and Nitrite: The Times They Are a-Changin'.
  2. It's Pac-Man. Super Mario Bros was made in 1993, Mortal Kombat in 1995 and Street Fighter - featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme in the lead role - in 1994.
  3. It's the Duke of Milan. One theory is that the woman in the portrait, Cecilia Gallerani, asked Leonardo to add the animal in order to publicise her relationship with the duke, who was nicknamed "the white ermine".
  4. It's the second one. The full comment was: "Please address the importance of ALL music being tuned to 432hz sound frequencies???" Prince simply replied "The Gold Standard", with a link. The other two options were among the many topics he ignored.
  5. It's the White House, which resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Speaking in the US capital, she said truth is "an endangered species at 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue". That address is closest to the five-star Willard Hotel.
  6. It's planking. Mao Weidong smashed the previous record of three hours and seven minutes. The world record for standing on a stability - or Swiss - ball is five hours and seven minutes.
  7. It's Rod Stewart. The lookalike also apparently gained access to an exclusive Manhattan party where he shared in the free drinks with model Kate Upton and former mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Cheap knock-off

4 - 6 : Passable lookalike

7 - 7 : Doppelganger

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