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

Why did furniture store giant Ikea face criticism over its catalogue this week?

Ikea sign
  1. It included the line "more popular than the Bible"
  2. It deleted women from its Middle East version
  3. A piece of furniture resembled a swastika


The firm said it regretted the fact that the women were missing and said: "Excluding women from the Saudi Arabian version of the catalogue is in conflict with the Ikea Group values."


2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which resident of Sesame Street did Republican Mitt Romney express his fondness for during a US presidential debate?

  1. Elmo
  2. Big Bird
    Big Bird
  3. Ernie

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A museum dedicated to which Swedish icon opened in Stockholm this week?

Swedish flags
  1. Wallander
  2. Abba
  3. Stieg Larsson

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A $1bn (620m) project has begun in Dubai to build a replica of what?

  1. Statue of Liberty
    Statue of Liberty
  2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
    Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  3. Taj Mahal
    Taj Mahal

5.) Multiple Choice Question

It was revealed this week that former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson was refused entry into New Zealand. Why?

Mike Tyson
  1. He was discourteous to immigration officers
  2. Prior conviction for rape
  3. His passport had run out

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The word "mambalgins" cropped up in a popular story news story on the BBC News website - what is it?

  1. A newly discovered bizarre-looking dinosaur
  2. A new dance by South Korean pop star Psy
  3. Venom that could be an effective painkiller

7.) Multiple Choice Question

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, who made the first documented use of the term "running around like a blue-arsed fly"?

  1. William Shakespeare
  2. Bernard Manning
    Bernard Manning
  3. The Duke of Edinburgh
    Prince Philip


  1. It deleted images of women from the Saudi version of its catalogue. Women are clearly present in corresponding images in the firm's English-language catalogue.
  2. It's Big Bird. Romney said he would end federal subsidies to the Public Broadcasting Service, which broadcasts the show. But he added: "I like PBS. I like Big Bird."
  3. Abba: The Museum will be a permanent fixture within a new Swedish Music Hall of Fame. Stockholm City Museum stages tours based on Larsson's Millennium novels.
  4. It's the Taj Mahal. The Taj Arabia complex will include a 300-room hotel, shops and commercial buildings.
  5. It was because of his prior conviction. Tyson served three years of a six-year US jail sentence for rape in 1992, which would have barred him from entry to New Zealand. He was eventually given a dispensation to speak at a motivational event supported by a children's charity. The charity, however, withdrew its support for the event.
  6. It's the venom. A popular story on the website said that a painkiller as powerful as morphine, but without most of the side effects, has been found in the deadly venom of the black mamba, according to French scientists.
  7. It's the Duke of Edinburgh, who was first quoted using the term in the Times on 22 April 1970. This, it seems, is the UK version of the US "blue-assed fly" which dates back to 1932. The OED is asking members of the public to explain how it crossed the Atlantic.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Gnat

3 - 5 : Fruit fly

6 - 7 : Horse fly

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