Quiz of the week's news

7 days quiz

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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

The rapper Snoop Dogg has announced he has changed his name. To what?

The artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg
  1. Snoop Tiger
  2. Snoop Lion
  3. Snoop Cougar

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Two generals were sacked in Belarus following a stunt aerial invasion of the capital, Minsk, it emerged. Who were the "paratroopers"?

  1. A troupe of ballet dancers
    Ballet dancers
  2. A pack of Siberian huskies
    Siberian husky
  3. Hundreds of teddy bears
    Teddy bear


The bears, carrying pro-democracy slogans, were dropped by a Swedish light aircraft. Officials in the eastern European state initially denied the incident took place on 4 July, but this week two generals were dismissed over the incident.

Parachuting bear with pro-democracy slogan

3.) Multiple Choice Question

"Sideburns have not been as popular since..." Whose facial hair did Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins say his own had surpassed in the public's affections?

  1. Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley
  2. Noddy Holder
    Noddy Holder
  3. William Ewart Gladstone
    William Ewart Gladstone

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Athletes in London's Olympic Village are greeted by the words: "To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield." From which poem is this taken?

Wall in the Olympic Village
  1. Lord Alfred Tennyson's Ulysses
  2. Rudyard Kipling's If
  3. William Ernest Henley's Invictus

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A German cruise ship company has clamped down on which activity commonly associated with their compatriots?

Eyelashes in the colour of the German flag
  1. Naturism
  2. Excessive punctuality
  3. Leaving towels on sun loungers

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Inmates at Kirseberg prison in Malmo, Sweden, have been banned from which activity commonly associated with life behind bars?

  1. Smoking
  2. Playing cards
  3. Writing letters

7.) Missing Word Question

* spiders lay better eggs

  1. Cannibal
  2. Poisonous
  3. Zero-gravity


  1. It's Snoop Lion. The performer - christened Calvin Broadus - said he had been given the new name by Rastafarian priests in Jamaica ahead of his forthcoming reggae album.
  2. The paratroopers were actually hundreds of teddy bears.
  3. It's former Slade frontman Noddy Holder.
  4. It's Tennyson's Ulysses. The engraving will be preserved as a permanent installation at the centre of the Olympic Village.
  5. It's leaving towels on sun loungers. The German-owned AIDA has employed wardens to patrol its decks, removing any offending stretches of fabric.
  6. It's playing cards. Authorities say excessive gambling has led to violence at the facility.
  7. It's cannibal spiders who lay better eggs, according to a study which found more offspring of cannibalistic mothers hatched from thicker cases than their non-cannibal counterparts.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Down came the rain

4 - 6 : Out came the sun

7 - 7 : Up the spout again

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