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.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Kate Moss revealed that the late artist Lucian Freud gave her a tattoo - what does it show?

Kate Moss
  1. Hearts and anchors
  2. A naked Moss
  3. Birds

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Astronomers have had their first proper look at the dwarf planet Makemake. How did it get its unusual name?

  1. It's Japanese for "little lost"
  2. It's a god once worshipped on Easter Island
  3. It's the name of one of the astronomers who discovered it

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Who did Chancellor George Osborne say had a more difficult job than his own?

  1. The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton
  2. The next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
  3. New Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Gmail has just launched its 57th language - which of the following is it?

Tiles spelling Google
  1. Zulu
  2. Maori
  3. Cherokee

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Dennis the Small has been blamed for which error, according to the Pope's new book on the early life of Jesus?

Nativity scene
  1. The nature of the star the Three Wise Men followed
  2. The date of the birth of Jesus
  3. The notion that oxen and donkeys were present at Jesus's birth

6.) Missing Word Question

Woman finds * on toilet seat

  1. snake
  2. tarantula
  3. hedgehog

7.) Multiple Choice Question

The last of its kind to be produced in the UK has been donated to the Science Museum. What was it?

  1. A typewriter
  2. A fax machine
    Fax machine
  3. A rotary dial telephone


  1. It's two birds - apparently Freud told her that as a young man in the navy, he used to do tattoos for his fellow sailors.
  2. Makemake was the creator of humanity, the god of fertility and the chief god of the "Tangata manu" or bird-man cult.
  3. It's Justin Welby. Mr Osborne made his comments while being questioned by the bishop in a parliamentary hearing.
  4. It's Cherokee. Cherokee Nation translators worked with Google to come up with terms that didn't previously exist in Cherokee, such as "inbox," "sign in" and "spam".
  5. It was the date of the birth of Jesus. According to the Pope, Christ was born years earlier than Dionysius Exiguus - Dennis the Small in English - had thought. The monk is credited with being the "inventor" of the modern calendar. The Pope also said the notion of animals in the stable were latter-day additions to the nativity scene.
  6. It's snake. An elderly couple were left "shocked" after they found a young royal python wrapped around a toilet seat in their home in Paisley. They contacted the Scottish SPCA, which rescued the snake and named her Lulu.
  7. It's a typewriter. The last one to be made in a factory in Britain rolled off a production line in Wrexham - 183 years after a machine was patented as the first typewriter.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Obsolete

4 - 6 : Cutting edge

7 - 7 : Pioneer

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