Quiz of the week's news


It's the Magazine's news 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

Let's start with two Olympics questions. Which country has continued its tradition of picking a very tall flag-bearer for the opening ceremony?

Basketball ball
  1. US
  2. France
  3. China


And here is Yi Jianlian. Since 1984, all of China's flag-bearers have been male basketball players, with an average height of 2.06m (6ft 9in).

Yi Jianlian

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following wasn't an Olympic sport of yesteryear?

A tug of war contest
  1. Skipping
  2. Tug of war
  3. Plunge for distance
  4. Rope-climbing

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Scotland could be the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage, joining 11 other countries worldwide. Outside Europe, the only ones are Argentina, Canada and...

Gay marriage badge
  1. New Zealand
  2. Australia
  3. South Africa

4.) Multiple Choice Question

William Staub, the man credited with introducing exercise treadmills to homes and gyms in the late 1960s, has died aged 96. Where were they typically found before that?

  1. Doctor's surgeries
  2. Circuses
  3. Army barracks

5.) Missing Word Question

Artificial * created from heart cells

  1. skin
  2. jellyfish
  3. worm

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Czech artist David Cerny unveiled a sculpture of a London bus doing push-ups to celebrate the Olympics. In 2009, his EU art installation - which portrayed Bulgaria as a toilet and France as a nation on strike - caused controversy. What was the UK?

Bus sculpture
  1. A stiff upper lip
  2. Absent
  3. A weather forecast

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A man made the news this week after he was spotted among a herd of wild goats in Utah dressed in a goat suit. What reason did he give for his unusual attire?

A goat
  1. He was trying to attach tracking devices to them
  2. He was taking photos
  3. He was preparing for the hunting season


  1. It's China, who this year gave the honour to the 2.13m (7ft) NBA basketball player Yi Jianlian.
  2. It's skipping. The tug of war was included in the Olympics from 1900 to 1920 and rope-climbing was an event from 1896 to 1932. In the plunge for distance competitors would dive into water and glide for 60 seconds, whoever went furthest won. It made just one appearance in the Olympics in 1904.
  3. It's South Africa. Same-sex marriage is also legal in parts of the US and Mexico. Ministers in Scotland said they would bring forward a bill on the issue, and ceremonies could take place in 2015.
  4. It was in doctor's surgeries. Staub built and marketed his first treadmill in the late 1960s, inspired by the work of Dr Kenneth Cooper. He developed it so it could be used in a home or gym.
  5. It's jellyfish. Scientists in the US built the replica using silicone as a base on which to grow heart muscle cells that were harvested from rats.
  6. The UK - criticised by some for being one of EU's most eurosceptic members - was absent from Europe altogether. The eight-tonne mosaic was installed at the European Council building in Brussels at the start of the six-month Czech presidency of the EU.
  7. The 57-year-old hunter was spotted by a hiker, who reported him to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. The man, who did not identify himself, telephoned to explain he was trying out his goat suit in preparation for a mountain goat hunt.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Stop acting the goat

3 - 5 : You're kidding

6 - 7 : Mountain goat

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