Quiz: ten questions to test your knowledge of this week’s news

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Clockwise from top left: Boris Johnson, the Cambridges, Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone and the late Mikhail Gorbachev  (PA Wire, AP, John Sheene/Ace Pictures/REX/Shutterstock)
Clockwise from top left: Boris Johnson, the Cambridges, Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone and the late Mikhail Gorbachev (PA Wire, AP, John Sheene/Ace Pictures/REX/Shutterstock)

We’ve seen a whole array of news stories this week — Boris Johnson commits a political faux pas, and a certain tennis star winds up with a bloodied nose (by accident, of course). But how closely have you been following current affairs?

Try out these 10 questions to test your knowledge of this week’s headlines.

Question: what did Boris Johnson suggest people do to save money on energy bills?

  1. Never turn the lights on

  2. Wear fluffy socks indoors

  3. Keep the curtains closed

  4. Buy a new kettle

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Chris Radburn/PA) (PA Wire)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Chris Radburn/PA) (PA Wire)

Answer: Buy a new kettle

Boris Johnson has faced widespread criticism for suggesting people should buy a new kettle to save £10 a year on electricity.

“If you have an old kettle that takes ages to boil, it may cost you £20 to replace it. But if you get a new one, you’ll save £10 a year for every year.....£10 a year, every year, on your electricity bill,” he said.

His comments have attracted ridicule and criticism from Labour MPs and members of the public online.

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Question: what did Animal Rebellion do in an anti-dairy protest this summer, which resurfaced on social media this week?

  1. Sit-in on the dairy aisle

  2. Pour milk cartons out on to the floor

  3. Pierce milk cartons

  4. Tie themselves to cows

The group vows to disrupt the supply of milk to the UK (PA Archive)
The group vows to disrupt the supply of milk to the UK (PA Archive)

Answer: Pour milk cartons out on to the floor

A video of animal rights activists from Animal Rebellion resurfaced on social media this week, showing demonstrators pouring milk onto the floor of Harrods.

The group vowed to disrupt the supply of milk to UK supermarkets for the first two weeks of September in an anti-dairy protest.

It claims it has hundreds of volunteers who are prepared to take direct action to prevent people buying dairy milk.

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Question: which music legend will be honoured with a stone on London’s Music Walk of Fame, according to an announcement on Wednesday?

  1. David Bowie

  2. Jimi Hendrix

  3. Amy Winehouse

  4. Prince

The Music Walk of Fame aims to celebrate the industry’s impact on society (PA Archive)
The Music Walk of Fame aims to celebrate the industry’s impact on society (PA Archive)

Answer: David Bowie

A stone will be laid in honour of David Bowie on the Camden-based trail, among stones honouring the likes of The Who, Soul II Soul, Madness and Amy Winehouse.

The Music Walk of Fame was founded in 2019 by Lee Bennett and is a celebration of music’s contribution to society.

The stone will be unveiled on September 15, and tributes are expected to be paid by friends, collaborators and fans of the late singer.

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Question: a video of the late Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev resurfaced on social media of him starring in an advert for what fast food chain?

  1. Pizza Hut

  2. Taco Bell

  3. Dominos

  4. McDonald’s

After the Soviet Union leader’s death, the advertisement was shared to social media (AP)
After the Soviet Union leader’s death, the advertisement was shared to social media (AP)

Answer: Pizza Hut

Following the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, a Pizza Hut advertisement he starred in has re-emerged on social media.

In the 1998 advert the former Soviet Union leader enters the restaurant with his granddaughter, as a family turns around to see if it’s really him.

Watch the trailer here

Question: in a Standard survey, what percentage of British adults support a general election this year?

  1. 43%

  2. 57%

  3. 51%

  4. 39%

Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will make a final push to win over Conservative Party members as the leadership hustings conclude on Wednesday (PA) (PA Wire)
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak will make a final push to win over Conservative Party members as the leadership hustings conclude on Wednesday (PA) (PA Wire)

Answer: 51 per cent

The Ipsos survey for the Standard showed 51 per cent of adults support an election this year, with 20 per cent taking the opposite view.

This comes as digital minister Matt Warman admitted the Conservative leadership race has been “disruptive” to the Government addressing the cost of living crisis.

The new Tory leader will be announced on Monday and will take over as Prime Minister the following day.

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Question: what names will Prince George and Princess Charlotte be going by when they return to school?

  1. George and Charlotte Smith

  2. George and Charlotte Cambridge

  3. George and Charlotte Sussex

  4. George and Charlotte Jones

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Answer: George and Charlotte Cambridge

The royal children will not be addressed by their titles but as George and Charlotte Cambridge to help them settle in with the other children without drawing attention to their status.

This comes after the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be moving to Windsor with their three children.

Prince William and Prince Harry had followed a similar rule when they attended school, going by William and Harry Wales, after their father’s title.

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Question: Leonardo DiCaprio fell victim to widespread mockery for the age of his girlfriend, whom he recently split with. But what was her age?

  1. 23

  2. 27

  3. 25

  4. 21

DiCaprio faced a wave of criticism on social media after the split was announced (Getty Images)
DiCaprio faced a wave of criticism on social media after the split was announced (Getty Images)

Answer: 25

Leonardo DiCaprio and his girlfriend Camila Morrone have split up after five years together, shortly after Morrone’s 25th birthday earlier this summer.

The Titanic star is infamous for not dating women over the age of 25, and has been mocked online for living up to this once again.

Comedian Amy Schumer made a dig at DiCaprio during the 2022 Academy Awards, claiming his interest in climate activism was to “leave behind a cleaner, greener planet… for his girlfriends”.

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Question: which tennis star was left with a bloodied nose after being hit in the face with their own racket?

  1. Venus Williams

  2. Rafael Nadal

  3. Andy Murray

  4. Emma Raducanu

Grand Slam tennis returns for the final time in 2022 with the US Open at Flushing Meadows well underway (Getty Images)
Grand Slam tennis returns for the final time in 2022 with the US Open at Flushing Meadows well underway (Getty Images)

Answer: Rafael Nadal

Nadal was left with a bloodied nose after accidentally hitting himself in the face with his own racket at the US Open.

He required treatment after sustaining a nasty cut on his nose, after driving his racket into the ground and having it ricochet back up and strike him in the face.

“At the beginning I thought I broke the nose because it was a shock. It was very painful,” Nadal said of the incident.

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Question: which previous Love Island star announced she was pregnant earlier this week?

  1. Maura Higgins

  2. Molly-Mae Hague

  3. Sharon Gaffka

  4. Amy Hart

Love Island host Laura Whitmore recently announced her departure from the show (ITV)
Love Island host Laura Whitmore recently announced her departure from the show (ITV)

Answer: Amy Hart

It was Amy Hart that announced her pregnancy earlier this week during an appearance on Loose Women.

The reality TV star said it was “very unexpected” and that she and her partner, Sam Rason, were not planning on trying for a baby until next year.

Hart shared a heartfelt post on Instagram holding the baby scan. Molly-Mae Hague, Paige Turley, and Sharon Gaffka were among some of the previous Love Island stars that sent messages of congratulations.

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Question: an Ikea branch closed in which London location this week, leaving customers ‘heartbroken’?

  1. Greenwich

  2. Wembley

  3. Tottenham

  4. Hammersmith

Customers carrying away their shopping at the Ikea store (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Archive)
Customers carrying away their shopping at the Ikea store (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Archive)

Answer: Tottenham

Ikea’s Tottenham store bid farewell on Wednesday, going out with a bang consisting of £1 meatballs and a wave of in-store sales.

Locals described it as “truly heartbreaking” after the branch closed its doors for the last time since opening 17 years ago.

The store held a farewell festival over July and August in which in-store only offers were made on a number of products.

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