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

A feminist parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video - which replaced topless female models with topless men - was briefly removed from YouTube. Why?

  1. Copyright infringement
  2. Indecent content
  3. Model under 18

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A news agency withdrew an unflattering picture of French leader Francois Hollande at a teacher's desk, after it was posted on social media sites. What was written on the blackboard above his head?

Francois Hollande
  1. Raise your hand if you have something to say
  2. Practice makes perfect
  3. Today, it's back to school


AFP said it was wrong to withdraw the picture. But said it was pulled for editorial reasons and not because AFP had come under pressure from the French presidency, the news agency said.


3.) Multiple Choice Question

A man has been fined NZ$2,000 ($1,565; £1,000) for trying to smuggle what into New Zealand hidden in his trousers?

Truffle, potato, fish
  1. Truffles (as in fungus)
  2. Live fish
  3. Sweet potato

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Africa's last absolute monarch King Mswati III of Swaziland has declared his kingdom has a new political system - a "monarchial democracy". Who did he say inspired him to make the change?

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. One of his many wives
  3. God

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Correction from the New York Times: "He is a man." Which public figure did the paper initially refer to as a woman?

New York Times
  1. Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn
  2. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny
  3. Finland's President Sauli Niinisto

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The Royal Mint has created the first £20 coin. What's on it?

  1. A rose
  2. St George and the Dragon
  3. Benjamin Britten

7.) Missing Word Question

Graduate had to * at interview

  1. dance
  2. sing
  3. make tea


  1. It's indecent content. Defined Lines was created by a group of University of Auckland law students, who described it as a "bit of fun" with a positive message.
  2. It was "Today, it's back to school" - but it was written in French: "Aujourd'hui, c'est la rentrée des classes." See next frame.
  3. It's live fish. The man had seven fish in a plastic bag when he was stopped at Auckland Airport after security noticed water dripping from his trousers.
  4. It was God. Local media reported that the king told how he had received a vision from God during unseasonal thunderstorms that hit the country at the weekend.
  5. It was Enda Kenny. In a tribute to the late poet Seamus Heaney, the paper made the mistake when it referred to Ireland's taoiseach.
  6. It's St George and the Dragon. The classic design is normally associated with the gold sovereign, and was recently used to commemorate the birth of Prince George on a silver £5 crown.
  7. It's dance. Alan Bacon says he was left humiliated after being asked to dance to a Daft Punk song during a job interview at Currys. The electronics superstore has since apologised.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Daft

4 - 6 : Punk

7 - 7 : Electronic

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