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Weekly world news quiz


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.

Earth from space

1.) Multiple Choice Question

The Vuvuzela has become a symbol of the 2010 World Cup. Its origin is unknown but it's commonly thought to be...

  1. ...related to an instrument made from antelope horn
  2. ...descended from the sackbutt, played by European settlers
  3. ...a children's toy dating back to the 1950s

2.) Multiple Choice Question

We reported this week that a mountain in the Peruvian Andes was being painted white. What's it all about?

Panited glacier
  1. It's a publicity stunt by a leading Peruvian paint manufacturer
  2. It's the latest project by installation artist Christo
  3. It's an attempt to reflect the sun's rays and lower temperatures

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Researchers believe they have found the remains of the artist, Caravaggio, whose death some 400 years ago was shrouded in mystery. He died four years after being sentenced to death by Pope Paul V. What for?

  1. Murder
  2. Heresy
  3. Adultery

4.) Multiple Choice Question

San Francisco is set to be the first city in the US to require mobile phone retailers to specify how much radiation handsets emit. They may be required to display SAR figures. What does SAR stand for?

Mobile phone user
  1. Safe amount of radiation
  2. Specific absorption rate
  3. Spectroscopic ambient region

5.) Missing Word Question

* space rock' hunt to begin

  1. 'Giant
  2. 'Killer
  3. 'Alien

6.) Multiple Choice Question

We learned this week that more than a trillion dollars' worth of untapped mineral deposits may exist in one of the world's poorer countries. Which?

Generic picture of a mine
  1. Armenia
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Albania

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A Spanish TV reporter was the subject of numerous news stories after Spain's shock defeat by Switzerland in the World Cup. Which member of the team is she romantically attached to?

Sara Carbonero
  1. Defender Carlos Puyol
  2. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas
  3. Striker Fernando Torres


  1. It's the antelope horn. It is thought to be related to the kudu horn, a musical instrument made from the horn of the kudu antelope.
  2. It's an attempt to reflect the sun's rays and to cool the mountain down. It is the first experimental step in an innovative plan to recuperate Peru's disappearing Andean glaciers.
  3. It's murder. The researchers say Caravaggio died of sunstroke, while weakened by syphilis.
  4. It's specific absorbtion rate. The mobile phone industry, however, has said studies showed cell phone radiation was not harmful to people.
  5. It's killer. A new telescope facility in Hawaii designed to search for asteroids and comets which could threaten Earth was made operational this week.
  6. It's Afghanistan. A joint team from the Pentagon, US Geological Service and USAID has calculated Afghanistan's mineral deposits are worth at least $900bn. But questions are being asked about the timing of the release of information.
  7. It's Spain's goalkeeper, Iker Casillas. Sara Carbonero, once voted the world's sexiest journalist, was accused by some Spanish newspapers of distracting her boyfriend by filming on the touchline during the match.

Your Score

0 - 1 : Offside

2 - 4 : On target

5 - 7 : Goal

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