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 7

1.) Missing Word Question

US * destroys police cars

  1. soldier
  2. farmer
  3. grandmother

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which athlete left the Games prematurely with the words: "I am not walking away, I was pushed out."

  1. Italian race walker Alex Schwazer
    Alex Schwazer
  2. US judoka Nick Delpopolo
    Nick Delpopolo
  3. St Kitts and Nevis sprinter Kim Collins
    Kim Collins

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Madonna appealed for the release of three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, during a concert in Moscow. What did she wear, as a sign of solidarity?

Madonna in Moscow
  1. A Russian flag
  2. A balaclava
  3. A Pussy Riot T-shirt

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What was Usain Bolt prevented from taking into the 100m final in the Olympic Stadium?

Usain Bolt
  1. Lifesize inflatable of himself
  2. Hat
  3. Skipping rope

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Anglo-Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis's latest role is in Steven Spielberg's biopic of Abraham Lincoln. Of Day-Lewis's previous 10 films how many times did he play Englishmen?

Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Day-Lewis
  1. None
  2. One
  3. Three

6.) Multiple Choice Question

How did Pizza Hut reportedly anger customers in Pakistan?

  1. Used non-halal meat
  2. Showed star cricketer's face on pizza
  3. Scrapped Ramadan all-you-can-eat offer

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Austin Weirschke, a 17-year-old from Wisconsin, has retained his title as the fastest American to do what?

  1. Achieve the maximum Pac-Man score
  2. Send text messages
  3. Recite the Declaration of Independence


  1. It's farmer. Roger Pion drove a tractor over seven police cars in Vermont before driving off. He was later detained.
  2. It's Kim Collins, who fell out with his team over a visit to his wife outside the athletes' village. Schwazer and Delpopolo were thrown out after failed drugs tests. Delpopolo said he had inadvertently eaten marijuana.
  3. It's a balaclava, which is the trademark outfit of the band. The women face three years in jail for inciting religious hatred.
  4. It's a skipping rope. Bolt said the only explanation given to him was: "It's the rules." He gave his hat to a young volunteer before his 200m heat.
  5. It's none. During his last 10 films English-born Day-Lewis has played Americans and Irish characters and even an Italian, but no Englishmen. However he did play English characters earlier in his career in the likes of Room With A View and My Beautiful Laundrette.
  6. It was changing their deal for Iftar, the meal that breaks the fast at the end of each day of Ramadan. A spokesperson reportedly said the all-you-can eat element was against the spirit of Ramadan.
  7. It's send text messages. Weirschke beat 10 other competitors at the sixth National Texting Championship held in New York to win $50,000 (32,000).

Your Score

0 - 3 : Slowhand

4 - 6 : Fastest finger first

7 - 7 : Fingers of fire

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