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

A lavish James Bond-themed party proved controversial for whom?

Daniel Craig as James Bond
  1. Executives at US bank Citigroup
  2. The Swedish Security Service
  3. London Metropolitan University academics

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Owners of a clothing shop in India have come under fire after they named their business after a notorious dictator. Which one?

  1. Adolf Hitler
  2. Josef Stalin
  3. Pol Pot
    Pol Pot


The retail unit, which sells Western clothes in Ahmedabad, India, attracted strong criticism from the Jewish community. But co-owner Rajesh Shah (pictured) said he would only change the name if he were compensated for rebranding costs.

Hitler shop

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A prison cell gate from Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years, is on sale. The seller says Mandela has another one and uses it as a:

Nelson Mandela
  1. Cellar door
  2. Cattle grid
  3. Garden gate

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Commuters on the London Underground were warned to tuck their trousers into their socks to avoid attacks by which creatures?

  1. Cockroaches
  2. Mice
  3. Lions

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A Taiwanese minister has caused widespread debate on hygiene by advising men to do what?

  1. Take baths instead of showers
  2. Ditch electric razors for wet shaves
  3. Sit down to urinate

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Pen manufacturer Bic was attacked by feminists for bringing out a "For Her" series of ballpoints. What was distinctively "feminine" about the range?

BIC biros
  1. Coloured purple and pink
  2. Perfumed with lavender scent
  3. Half the size of regular pens

7.) Missing Word Question

* grooming postcode lottery

  1. Dog
  2. Chimp
  3. Horse


  1. The party's 5.3m kronor (508,000) bill left spy agency Sapo shaken and stirred. Citigroup paid $590m (370m) to shareholders over the bank's subprime exposure. London Metropolitan University lost its licence to teach overseas students.
  2. It's Adolf Hitler.
  3. It's a garden gate. The seller says he used to have two of the three cell gates, but one was stolen from him and melted down as scrap.
  4. It's mice. But the sign at Farringdon station - which said the rodents had been "attacking customers" - was a prank, Tube officials said. Essex police called off their hunt for a lion after reports of a sighting.
  5. It's sit down to urinate. Stephen Shen said following women's example would help create a cleaner environment.
  6. They were coloured pink and purple. In protest, Amazon.com pages for the pens were bombarded by sarcastic reviews.
  7. It's chimp. A study found chimpanzee grooming habits were influenced more by where they lived than by genetic or ecological influences.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Monkeying around

4 - 6 : Gorilla in the mist

7 - 7 : King of the swingers

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