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

The French Government has banned the term "hashtag" from all official documents. The word "mot-diese" must be spoken when the '#' symbol appears in print. What does it translate as?

  1. Empty word
  2. Sharp word
  3. Musical word

2.) Multiple Choice Question

What does the lowly dung beetle use to navigate while rolling its ball of dung, according to scientists?

Dung Beetle
  1. An "internal compass"
  2. Ley lines
  3. The stars

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A teenager in Iceland has won a court battle to use the name given to her at birth. Authorities rejected the name Blaer on the grounds that it wasn't a proper feminine name - what does it mean?

  1. Light breeze
  2. Warrior
  3. God of the sea

4.) Missing Word Question

Rare whale * found on beach

  1. jaw
  2. vomit
  3. eyeball

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A little-known perk in the basement of the House of Lords was described as "anachronistic" by a lord who wants to find out whether it is paid for by the taxpayer. What is it?

  1. Turkish bath
  2. A rifle range
  3. Fencing piste

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Polish is now the second most spoken language in England, according to new census data. How do you say "hi" in Polish?

  1. Czesc
  2. Salut
  3. Oi

7.) Multiple Choice Question

"I know I will disappoint a lot of people in this job." Who said this?

  1. David Beckham, on move to Paris St Germain
    David Beckham
  2. The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
    Justin Welby
  3. John Kerry, who has been confirmed as new US secretary of state
    John Kerry


  1. It's sharp word. The Commission Generale de Terminologie et de Neologisme has decreed that hashtag will be no more, in a further bid to stop English invading the language. The French culture ministry has a list of "banned" words on its website, including blog and email.
  2. It's the stars. Scientists at the University of Lund, Sweden, "found that dung beetles can transport their dung balls along straight paths under a starlit sky, but lose the ability under overcast conditions".
  3. Blaer - pronounced Plair - means light breeze. Icelandic law requires names to comply with Icelandic grammar and orthography.
  4. It's whale vomit - known as ambergris, which is still sometimes used to make perfume. The 6lb lump found in Morecambe, Lancashire, could be worth 100,000.
  5. It's a rifle range. Lord Tyler wanted to know who pays for the range and how Parliament ensures the security of weapons used there for sport.
  6. It's czesc - pronounced cheshch. Statisticians said they recorded more than 100 different languages and 49 main languages with more than 15,000 users. Oi is hi in Portuguese, which is the 10th most-spoken language. Salut is Romanian, which is the 20th.
  7. It was Justin Welby, who told an audience this week: "I know I will disappoint a lot of people in this job. The thing about the Church is that we are so human... I'm just a very, very ordinary Christian."

Your Score

0 - 2 : Disappointing

3 - 5 : Promising

6 - 7 : Successful

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