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Quiz of the week's news


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

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

Butterfly numbers in the UK are at their lowest for 25 years, with the High Brown Fritillary (down 49% in 12 months) in the greatest danger of dying out. But which of these is it?

  1. Butterfly one
  2. Butterfly two
  3. Butterfly three
  4. Butterfly four


Here's a bigger picture of the endangered High Brown Fritillary - which is down to a handful of colonies.

High Brown Fritillary

2.) Multiple Choice Question

"I don't think it's out of place," said Silvio Berlusconi this week, in response to criticism for which gaffe?

Silvio Berlusconi
  1. Telling earthquake survivors to enjoy the camping
  2. Leaving Angela Merkel waiting on red carpet, to take a phone call
  3. Angering the Queen by shouting too loudly

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performed together at a New York charity show on Saturday night - which song did Macca dedicate to Barack Obama?

  1. Carry That Weight
  2. Blackbird
  3. Michelle
    Michelle Obama

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of the following was NOT a BBC News website headline from the past seven days?

House prices
  1. 'Surprise bounce' in house prices
  2. House prices 'drop 1.9% in March'
  3. Darling 'optimistic' on economy

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Spam accounts for 97% of all e-mails sent over the net - according to a new report by Microsoft. What did it identify as making up the majority of all spam mails?

Spam tins
  1. Pornography
  2. Drug/medicines adverts
  3. Banking scams

6.) Multiple Choice Question

What amounted to a "Ferrari without a paint job"?

Ferrari without a paint job
  1. North Korea's "failed" rocket launch
  2. Leaking of Hugh Jackman's film X-Men Origins
  3. Ex-police chief Bob Quick's top secret documents blunder


Actress Danniella Westbrook is returning to EastEnders after a nine-year absence to re-assume the role of Sam Mitchell.

Daniella Westbrook

7.) Multiple Choice Question

But that wasn't the end of the character. Which of these two actresses played Sam Mitchell during Westbrook's absence?

Sam or not Sam
  1. Rita Simons (left)
  2. Kim Medcalf (right)


  1. It's number two. Three is a Small Tortoiseshell, four a Grampium Doson and one is a doctored picture of a Large Blue butterfly.
  2. It's the earthquake survivors. The Italian PM added that he didn't want an "atmosphere of pessimism" in the shelters.
  3. It's Blackbird, a song which McCartney has claimed he wrote for black civil rights activist Angela Davis.
  4. It's three - "Darling 'optimistic' on economy" - which was a BBC News website headline for 9 April 2008. The "house price drop" story was based on a comparison by Halifax. The "surprise bounce" was based on figures from Nationwide building society,
  5. It's drug/medicines adverts. The report found that the global ratio of infected machines was 8.6 for every 1,000 uninfected machines.
  6. It's the X-Men film. Star Hugh Jackman also said he was "heartbroken" over its leaking. North Korea launched a rocket over the Pacific at the weekend, although South Korea says it failed in its intended satellite launch. Bob Quick quit as assistant head of the Met Police after accidentally revealing top secret documents he was carrying.
  7. It was Medcalf. Simons plays Roxy in the same show.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Cobblers

4 - 6 : Very well Den

7 - 7 : Queen Vic-torious

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