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

Rapper Psy will be performing his new single, Gentleman, live over the internet on Saturday. Why was its original name Assarabia changed?

  1. Might cause offence in the Arab world
  2. It's a brand of nappies

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A fragment of a poem by John Keats has fetched a record 181,250 at auction. It contains these lines: "What first inspired a bard of old to sing/ Narcissus pining o'er the untainted spring?" Which poem is it?

  1. Ode on a Grecian Urn
  2. I Stood Tiptoe Upon a Little Hill
  3. Endymion

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Which international figure did Finland apologise to for putting his name on a blacklist of people suspected of involvement in crime?

Putin, Berlusconi, Chirac
  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin
  2. Italian politician and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi
  3. French ex-President Jacques Chirac

4.) Missing Word Question

Canada woman's $40m * mistake

  1. lottery
  2. parking
  3. spelling

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Authorities in Mali have pledged to replace the camel given to President Francois Hollande in thanks for French forces helping repel Islamist rebels. What happened to the first one?

  1. It was eaten
  2. It was stolen
  3. It swallowed a plastic bag and died

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Odds on the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being called a particular name have been slashed after a flurry of betting. What's the name?

Duchess of Cambridge
  1. Victoria
  2. Alexandra
  3. Catherine

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following's police forces has painted a Lamborghini Aventador, like the one pictured, in official colours to use as a patrol car?

  1. Dubai's
  2. Italy's
  3. India's


  1. It was thought that it might cause offence in the Arab world. It was thought that the word Assarabia - a Korean slang term - might also raise pronunciation issues outside South Korea.
  2. It's I Stood Tiptoe Upon a Little Hill, which was inspired by a walk on Hampstead Heath in London. After the death of Keats, a close friend cut the manuscript into 13 pieces and distributed them to the poet's friends and admirers as mementoes.
  3. It was Vladimir Putin. Officials in Helsinki said they were investigating what led to, as they put it, the regrettable mistake.
  4. It's lottery. A Toronto woman initially celebrated what she thought was a 40,000 Canadian dollar ($39,428; 26,000) lottery prize. She had, in fact, won C$40m.
  5. It was killed and eaten by the family Hollande left it with in Timbuktu, according to an official in Mali. One official was quoted as saying: "The new camel will be sent to Paris. We are ashamed of what happened to the first camel. It did not deserve this fate."
  6. It's Alexandra. One bookmaker explained that it was the biggest surge it had had since it suspended betting on the gender of the baby, after the Duchess apparently dropped a hint that she was expecting a girl.
  7. It's Dubai. The car, which cost almost $550,000 (360,000), was painted in the green and white colours of the Dubai force. But it is unlikely to be used for chasing criminals. Deputy police director Gen Khamis Matter al-Muzaina said it would be used to show tourists "how classy Dubai is".

Your Score

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3 - 5 : Humming

6 - 7 : Va-va-voom

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