Quiz: Test your knowledge on what happened in the news this week

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 (Harry Lambert, Lisa O’Connor / AFP via Getty Images, Niall Green/Second Screen Pictures, Spotify)
(Harry Lambert, Lisa O’Connor / AFP via Getty Images, Niall Green/Second Screen Pictures, Spotify)

This week has seen a whole range of headlines – GCSE students got their results back, the James Webb camera continues to snap jaw-dropping visuals, and a certain someone has made a pop comeback.

See how many questions you can get right in a round-up of this week’s stories.

Question: Notting Hill Carnival has returned for another year! But what year did the festival originate?

  1. 1966

  2. 1922

  3. 1978

  4. 2002

Notting Hill returns for the first time since 2019 (Press handout)
Notting Hill returns for the first time since 2019 (Press handout)

Answer: 1966

Notting Hill Carnival has been drawing in party-goers for a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture for over 50 years.

The festival includes extravagant parades, steel bands, and calypso music, which attract people from across the globe every year.

Now that the festival is returning after a two year hiatus, archive pictures have been unearthed which show Europe’s biggest street party through the years.

See Notting Hill Carnival through the years

Question: Which planet was recently captured in some new snaps by NASA’s James Webb space telescope?

  1. Jupiter

  2. Saturn

  3. Mercury

  4. Mars

This image captured by the Webb telesctop shows the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula (AP)
This image captured by the Webb telesctop shows the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula (AP)

Answer: Jupiter

The new pictures feature “two moons, rings, and distant galaxies”, and NASA says the images will help uncover clues to the inner life of Jupiter.

Planetary astronomer Imke de Pater, professor emerita of the University of California, Berkeley, told NASA: “We hadn’t really expected it to be this good, to be honest”.

Read the full article here

Question: What percentage of London students received 7 (A)or above in their GCSE results this year?

  1. 32.6%

  2. 33.6%

  3. 34.6%

  4. 22.6%

Education minister Will Quince said qualifications must “maintain their value” (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Wire)
Education minister Will Quince said qualifications must “maintain their value” (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Wire)

Answer: 32.6%

London saw 32.6% of GCSE students with grades 7/A or above, in comparison to just 22.4% in north-east England and in Yorkshire and the Humber.

While every region across the country saw a fall in the proportion of pupils getting top grades, the divide between the highest and lowest-achieving areas has grown since before the pandemic.

Schools minister Will Quince has insisted that closing the attainment gap is a “huge priority” for the government.

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Question: Which tennis star has made their debut on this year’s Forbes ‘rich list’ of highest paid players?

  1. Naomi Osaka

  2. Jannick Sinner

  3. Jessica Pegula

  4. Emma Raducanu

Federer has managed to retain his place at the top of the list (PA Archive)
Federer has managed to retain his place at the top of the list (PA Archive)

Answer: Emma Raducanu

Raducanu became the first qualifier to capture a Grand Slam title in the Open Era, earning $21.1m (£17.9m) over the past year.

Former world number one Roger Federer has managed to retain his place at the top of the list despite not playing a match for nearly 14 months.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka made it onto the list (though not her debut) after making around $56.2 million in the past year.

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Question: Who was the first guest on Meghan Markle’s new Archetypes podcast?

  1. Oprah Winfrey

  2. Mariah Carey

  3. Prince Harry

  4. Serena Williams

The Duchess of Sussex has been met with mixed reviews following the release of her podcast (Spotify/YouTube)
The Duchess of Sussex has been met with mixed reviews following the release of her podcast (Spotify/YouTube)

Answer: Serena Williams

The Duchess of Sussex and Serena Williams discussed the double standard women face when they are labelled “ambitious” in the first episode of the brand new podcast.

Markle said: “I don’t remember ever personally feeling the negative connotation behind the word ambitious until I started dating my now husband.”

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Question: Which pop superstar returned to the scene for the first time in years in a collaboration with Elton John?

  1. Rihanna

  2. Britney Spears

  3. Leona Lewis

  4. Shakira

The track mixes Tiny Dancer with other songs from John’s back catalogue (PA Wire)
The track mixes Tiny Dancer with other songs from John’s back catalogue (PA Wire)

Answer: Britney Spears

Spears set the internet ablaze after releasing her first new single since 2016.

The track Hold Me Closer is a duet with Sir Elton John and mixes Tiny Dancer with other songs from his back catalogue, including The One and Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.

While some fans are overjoyed by her comeback – others are underwhelmled.

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Question: Which Modern Family star officiated the wedding of castmate Sarah Hyland and her husband Wells Adams?

  1. Nolan Gould

  2. Ariel Winter

  3. Jesse Tyler-Ferguson

  4. Ty Burrell

Sarah Hyland has said “I do” to Wells Adams in a California wedding ceremony (AFP via Getty Images)
Sarah Hyland has said “I do” to Wells Adams in a California wedding ceremony (AFP via Getty Images)

Answer: Jesse Tyler-Ferguson

Jesse Tyler-Ferguson, who played Mitchell Pritchett on the hit comedy series, was the one to officiate Hyland’s wedding – but he wasn’t the only castmate to celebrate the big day.

Ariel Winter, who played Alex Dunphy on the show, also attended alongside Sofia Vergara and Nolan Gould.

Hyland has also previously shared that Adams had “tracked down Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell”, who played her parents Clare and Phil Dunphy in the show, to ask their permission to marry her.

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Question: Harry Styles’ accent caused a bit of a stir in a newly released teaser clip for what movie?

  1. My Policeman

  2. Don’t Worry Darling

  3. NOPE

  4. See How They Run

Rolling Stone posted a never-before-seen clip of the new movie starring Styles (PA Wire)
Rolling Stone posted a never-before-seen clip of the new movie starring Styles (PA Wire)

Answer: Don’t Worry Darling

Harry Styles’ Transatlantic accent in the upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling has left fans confused about where his character should be from.

Styles is starring alongside Florence Pugh in the upcoming psychological thriller directed by actress Olivia Wilde.

After Rolling Stone posted a never-before-seen clip of the new movie, fans were left a little confused about the popstar’s accent.

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Question: Who was a local weather reporter mistaken for, resulting in them receiving an onslaught of abusive comments on social media?

  1. Jake Paul

  2. Justin Beiber

  3. Britney Spears

  4. Andrew Tate

A local weather reporter was mistaken for somebody else, and their response was hilarious (PA Archive)
A local weather reporter was mistaken for somebody else, and their response was hilarious (PA Archive)

Answer: Andrew Tate

A Texan weather reporter named Andrew Tate has been mistaken on Twitter for controversial kickboxer and influencer Andrew Tate.

The weather reporter was on the receiving end of abusive messages aimed at his namesake after the kickboxer was banned on several social media platforms.

He took the coincidence in his stride – and his reaction to the confusion is pretty hilarious.

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Question: The Game of Thrones prequel ‘House of Dragon’ follows the story of which iconic fictional family?

  1. Stark

  2. Lannister

  3. Targaryen

  4. Greyjoy

House of the Dragon broke records with its premiere, with a massive 9.99 million people tuning in (© 2022 Home Box Office, Inc. Al)
House of the Dragon broke records with its premiere, with a massive 9.99 million people tuning in (© 2022 Home Box Office, Inc. Al)

Answer: Targaryen

For the Game of Thrones fans out there, this is a pretty easy question to answer.

House of the Dragon broke records with its premiere, with a massive 9.99 million people tuning in to the Targaryen-centred Game Of Thrones spin-off.

The series starts 172 years before the birth of the iconic character of Daenerys Targaryen, when her ancestors ruled the seven kingdoms of Westeros.

Read our full review here