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

What in Norway has been rescheduled because of an eagerly awaited Justin Bieber concert in Oslo?

Justin Biever
  1. School exams
  2. Local elections
  3. Anniversary celebrations for the founding of the city

2.) Multiple Choice Question

April Fools' Day saw a number of prank news stories and some which looked fictional but were, in fact, true. Which of the following was made up?

April 1
  1. Nasa to use a giant bag to capture an asteroid and tow it to the Moon
  2. Numbers on the side of trains to be replaced by barcodes
  3. Entire troupe of a flea circus wiped out because of cold weather

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Interest in a "virtual currency" has surged during the crisis in Cyprus, with its value hitting a new high this week. What are the virtual coins called?

  1. Bigcoin
  2. Bankcoin
  3. Bitcoin

4.) Multiple Choice Question

No two people have the same fingerprint - but what else, according to scientists, is now thought to be unique?

  1. Eye shape
  2. Breath
  3. Ear lobes

5.) Multiple Choice Question

President Barack Obama is to take a 5% pay cut in a show of solidarity over cuts. But who initially tried to refuse a presidential salary?

  1. Ulysses S Grant
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. George Washington

6.) Multiple Choice Question

William Shakespeare was an illegal food hoarder, academics revealed this week. But what, according to documents uncovered recently, was he threatened with jail over?

William Shakespeare
  1. Adultery
  2. Tax dodging
  3. Blasphemy

7.) Missing Word Question

Monkeys show middle manager *

  1. stress
  2. skills
  3. aggression


  1. It's school exams. A number of schools in a region a few hundred miles from the capital have rescheduled their midterm exams so youngsters can attend the gig. Officials said they were worried fans would bunk off.
  2. It was the barcodes on the side of trains. BBC Radio 4's Today programme reported that Northern Rail had adopted the idea and was asking passengers to take photos of trains while they wait at stations, to help provide more network information and cut costs.
  3. It's Bitcoin. This week, each one soared in value to about $142 (94). Barely a week ago, each virtual coin was worth only $90. The price dropped on Thursday, though, after being targeted by computer hackers.
  4. It's the chemical signature of a person's exhaled breath. Researchers have found that individuals have unique "breathprints" that change throughout the day.
  5. It was George Washington. Congress appropriated $25,000 a year for the president and Washington decided to accept this salary.
  6. It's tax evasion. Academics at Aberystwyth University in Wales say that the documents indicate that the bard profited from food shortages by illegally hoarding grain for resale at inflated prices. They say he also did all he could to avoid taxes.
  7. It's stress. Researchers observing female Barbary macaques found that "middle hierarchy" monkeys experienced the most stress. The group's social ranking has been compared to human middle managers.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Alas

3 - 5 : Cheer

6 - 7 : Swagger

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