January and February news quiz – answers
1. Pope Benedict XVI will be the first Pontiff to resign in nearly 600 years when he steps down at the end of February. Who was the last Pope to resign before him?
a) Gregory IX
b) Gregory XII
c) Gregory VIII
d) Gregory III
2. Which popular UK children’s author received criticism after saying in a February interview that libraries should be allowed to die?
a) Terry Deary
b) Jacqueline Wilson
c) Malorie Blackman
d) Anthony Horowitz
3. In January, the Marine Stewardship Council voiced concerns about the declining number of which fish?
4. Heavy floods in South Africa in January caused the unexpected release into the Limpopo River of over 15,000 what?
c) Rubber Ducks
5. What was unusual about the restaurant bill received by the King family in Washington, which they posted to Reddit in early February?
a) It had been paid for by George Clooney
b) They received a discount for their well-behaved children
c) The waitress had written an insulting message on the top, not realising it would be seen
d) They had been charged a tax for unruly behaviour
6. Who caused a row on Holocaust Memorial Day by praising former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini for ‘doing good’?
a) Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
b) Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli
c) Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber
d) U2 front man Bono
7. Which Hollywood A-lister has set up a chain of ping pong bars that is now giving away ping pong sets to underprivileged schools in the US?
a) Matt Damon
b) Penelope Cruz
c) Susan Sarandon
d) Vanessa Redgrave
8. A meteor the size of an Olympic swimming pool passed close by Earth last week. What name was it given by scientists?
a) 2012 DA14
b) 2007 PS22
c) 2009 AD12
9. Scientists at the University of Leicester confirmed on 4 February that bones discovered under a car park were those of Plantagenet king Richard III, killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. How old was Richard when he died?
10. Who sent this tweet on 13 February: “Socrates, born in Athens in the 5th century BCE, marks a watershed in Ancient Greek philosophy.”?
a) Philosopher Alain De Botton
b) Classicist and Cambridge don Mary Beard
c) DJ and television personality Fearne Cotton
d) One Direction’s Harry Styles
11. Which dance-based meme of February 2013 has been hailed as ‘the new Gangnam Style’?
a) The Harlem Shake
c) The Flippy Floppy
d) The Chattanooga Choo Choo
12. The Institute of Mechanical Engineering has estimated that up to what percentage of the world’s food goes to waste each year?
13. When was news first released of horse DNA being found in products marketed as beef?
a) 14 January
b) 16 January
c) 18 January
d) 20 January
14. Government officials in Pakistan have announced that plans are underway to turn the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed into what?
a) A military base
b) A museum
c) A library
d) An amusement park
15. £100,000-worth of what was found washed up on a beach in Morecombe, England in January?
b) Whale vomit
d) Rubber ducks
16. Which popular internet term did the Académie Française add in January to its list of words that threatens to undermine French linguistic purity?
17. Scientists revealed in January that the biggest threat to wildlife in the US is now thought to be what?
d) Loss of habitat
18. Which of these quotes wasn’t uttered by Lance Armstrong in his January interviews with Oprah Winfrey, in which he admitted to doping throughout his racing career?
a) “It’s this myth, this perfect story, and it wasn’t true.”
b) “I’m not the most believable guy in the world right now.”
c) “Jerk and humanitarian. I’d say I was both.”
d) “I accept my punishment, and I don’t think I deserve to race again.”
19. Who has been announced as the director of Star Wars: Episode VII?
a) Bryan Singer
b) JJ Abrams
c) Steven Spielberg
d) Sam Mendes
20. The reigning monarch of which country announced in January their intention to abdicate the throne?