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

Whose number of Twitter followers increased overnight this week by approximately 15,000% to 80,000?

  1. An account set up in the name of an owl that has been befriending London commuters
  2. Actress and singer Shirley Temple, who joined Twitter this week
    Shirley Temple
  3. The Swansea City ball boy who was kicked by a Chelsea player
    Ball boy

2.) Multiple Choice Question

How many times has Barack Obama now taken the presidential oath?

Obama taking the oath
  1. Two
  2. Three
  3. Four

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Most parents tell lies to their children as a tactic to change their behaviour, a new study has suggested. What was cited as the most frequent threat?

Mum with sulky girl
  1. That their face would stay that way forever
  2. Leaving them alone in public unless they behaved
  3. Straight to bed with no dinner

4.) Multiple Choice Question

In an interview following a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Prince Harry revealed that his father had sent him treats that he had traded with American soldiers. What were they?

Prince Harry
  1. Cuban cigars
  2. Jars of Marmite
  3. Packets of posh tea

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Southern England has been affected by Le Pong, a bad smell emanating from a leak of mercaptan gas at a French factory. The gas is naturally produced by humans after eating which vegetable?

Woman holding her nose
  1. Cabbage
  2. Asparagus
  3. Sprouts

6.) Multiple Choice Question

What did Kim Schmitz launch this week?

Kim Schmitz
  1. A file-sharing website
  2. 3D-printed phone cases
  3. PlayStation 4

7.) Missing Word Question

Gary the goat's Sydney * eating crime dismissed

  1. drug
  2. flower
  3. handbag


Police had argued that the goat's owner acted recklessly in allowing the hungry goat to approach the flower bed. But the magistrate said the owner had no control over what the animal might eat, and was unaware of his preference for flowers over grass.

Gary the Goat


  1. It's the ball boy. Chelsea's Eden Hazard apologised for kicking a ball boy during his team's Capital One Cup exit to Swansea. The Belgian was trying to retrieve the ball from under the ball boy, who had fallen on top of it.
  2. It's four, equalling the record of Franklin D Roosevelt. Mr Obama took it twice in 2009, when Chief Justice John Roberts bungled the wording, and twice again this week. The oath has to be taken on 20 January but because that fell on a Sunday, Mr Obama took the oath in a private ceremony before repeating it in public on Monday.
  3. It was threatening to leave them alone. The study, carried out in the US and China, examined the use of "instrumental lying" and found that such tactically deployed falsehoods were used by an overwhelming majority of parents.
  4. It was Cuban cigars. Harry has just completed a 20-week tour of Afghan duty, including time as a co-pilot gunner in an Apache attack helicopter.
  5. It's asparagus. The smell was described by a resident of Hove as "20 times worse than my son's trainers".
  6. It's the file-sharing website, called Mega. Better known as Kim Dotcom, he was boss of Megaupload before it was closed by police. Nokia announced plans for 3D printers to make phone cases, while a PS4 is in the pipeline.
  7. It's flower. A magistrate in Australia dismissed charges against a man fined after his goat ate flowers outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Kidding

3 - 5 : On the hoof

6 - 7 : G-L-oating

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