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It's quiz time!


It's the World News 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much global news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

In an appearance on a US TV programme, President Obama talked about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr Obama said one of the reasons he had visited the stricken area was:

Barack Obama
  1. " I know whose ears to box"
  2. " I could bang heads together"
  3. "... so I know whose ass to kick"

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Which team is set to receive the biggest win bonus if they lift the World Cup?

World Cup
  1. England
  2. Spain
  3. Argentina

3.) Missing Word Question

* in mysterious global decline

  1. Whales
  2. Butterflies
  3. Snakes

4.) Multiple Choice Question

What were angry residents in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, doing by standing in the roads and dangling fish?

  1. Drawing attention to the poor state of some of the city's roads
  2. Protesting about water quality
  3. Demonstrating against "fishy" local election results

5.) Multiple Choice Question

South Korea's attempt to join the "Asian space race" failed this week, when its unmanned rocket exploded moments after take-off. Which of the following countries has already sent three manned missions into space?

South Korea rocket
  1. Japan
  2. India
  3. China

6.) Multiple Choice Question

China's refusal to revalue its currency, the yuan, is holding back global economic reform, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said this week. What is the currency also known as?

Chinese yuan
  1. Renminbi
  2. Baht
  3. Won

7.) Multiple Choice Question

What were a thousand dogs doing at the Sydney Opera House this week?

Dogs at the Opera House
  1. Being treated to a special canine concert
  2. Auditioning for a place in a dog-only dance troupe
  3. Recording vocals for a special dog opera


  1. It's ass to kick. In the same interview, Mr Obama was asked about comments BP's chief executive Tony Hayward made in the wake of the disaster, such as "I want my life back" and the Gulf is "a big ocean". Mr Obama said: "He wouldn't be working for me after any of those statements."
  2. It's Spain. This week there were reports in the Spanish press that each player will get £500,000 if they win. Argentina is reportedly paying £420,000 and England £390,000, although these figures are unconfirmed.
  3. It's the snakes. Researchers examined records for 17 snake populations covering eight species over the last few decades, and found most had declined markedly. They described their findings as alarming, but said much more work is needed to understand the causes.
  4. It's the state of the roads. Residents protested by pretending to go fishing in the potholes. There haven't been any local elections.
  5. It's China. South Korea had been hoping to become only the 10th in the world able to put satellites into space, and thereby gain a lucrative slice of the growing space launch industry.
  6. It's Renminbi. Renminbi is the official name of the currency introduced by the Communist People's Republic of China at the time of its founding in 1949. It means "the people's currency".
  7. It's the canine concert. The event was organised by American musician Laurie Anderson and husband Lou Reed, and featured high-pitched whistles, synthesizers and strings.

Your Score

0 - 2 : Paws for thought

3 - 5 : Dog-gone

6 - 7 : Top tog

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