Magazine article The World Today

Chatham House Challenge

Magazine article The World Today

Chatham House Challenge

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Test your knowledge of world events


1. A news agency withdrew an unattering picture of French President François Hollande at a teacher's desk. What was written on the blackboard?

a) Raise your hand if you have something to say

b) Practice makes perfect

c) Today, it's back to school

2. Name the winner in the Presidential Elections of the Czech Republic in January:

a) Karel Schwarzenberg

b) Milos Zeman

c) Vaclav Klaus

d) Petr Necas

3. In June, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (pictured) staged a libuster to block an anti-abortion Bill. For how many hours did she speak?

4. Sanctions

a) What commodity exported by Sudan is exempt from US sanctions?

b) US sanctions against Burma were lifted this year except for which two products?

c) What did the Hamas government in Gaza allow to be exported to Israel this year?

5. Which country signed up Tony Blair this year as an adviser to help with their campaign to join the European Union?

6. How old was Ming the Clam, the world's oldest living thing, killed by scientists in November

7. How many recorded nuclear weapons tests have there been in history, including North Korea's in February?

8. Which oil-rich country launched its rst satellite in February 2013?

9. In April new Dutch King Willem- Alexander became the rst what in 123 years?

10. What happened when 25,000 applicants to the University of Liberia took a university entrance exam?


11. How many British soldiers died on the rst day of the Battle of the Somme?




12. Name the PM, Chancellor and Foreign Secretary in ?

13. The Habsburg Empire in covered all or part of modern states. Can you name them?


14. Match the quote to its owner

a) History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.

b) What is history but a fable agreed upon

c) The very ink with which history is written is merelyuid prejudice

d) History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there. …

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