Newsweek's Quiz of the Year 2014

2014 Quiz
Fireworks explode across a London skyline near the London Eye during New Year celebrations in London January 1, 2014. Olivia Harris/REUTERS

1: Which currently is the world's most valuable company?

a Microsoft

b Amazon

c Apple

2: The 2014 winter Olympics were held in which city?

a Oslo

b Sochi

c Vancouver

3: The Beatles celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first number one hit in America with:

a I Want to Hold Your Hand

b She Loves You

c Please Please Me

4: The winning goal in the 2014 Fifa World Cup was scored by:

a Lionel Messi

b Mario Gotze

c Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

5: The "Star-Spangled Banner" is associated primarily with which American city?

a Baltimore

b Boston

c Washington DC

6: The 2014 Ryder Cup was played at:

a Royal & Ancient

b Gleneagles

c Muirfield

7: The G20 summit was held in:

a Brisbane

b Rio

c Paris

8: Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers died at 74. Which 1950s star did the band tour with?

a Elvis Presley

b Buddy Holly

c Little Richard

9: Which world leader is scheduled to be the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations in 2015?

a David Cameron

b Barack Obama

c Angela Merkel

10: Which European country won the tennis Davis Cup title for the first time in 2014?

a Switzerland

b France

c Austria

11: Which historic international arrangement is particularly hated by so-called Islamic State?

a The Treaty of Versailles

b The Balfour Declaration

c The Sykes-Picot Agreement

12: Which international statesman warned in 2014 that the world was 'on the edge of a new Cold War'?

a Mikhail Gorbachev

b Tony Blair

c George W. Bush

13: How did the new prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, spend his childhood?

a Living in an ashram

b Running a tea-stall at a railway station

c At India's best school after winning a scholarship

14: A new British £1 coin will be introduced in 2017. What will be its most distinctive feature?

a It will be made of titanium

b The Queen's head will not appear

c It will have 12 sides

Novak Djokovic after winning the 2014 Wimbledon Men's Final
Novak Djokovic Al Bello

15: Novak Djokovic won the 2014 Wimbledon Men's Final. Who won the Women's Final?

a Serena Williams

b Petra Kvitová

c Maria Sharapova

16: What percentage of those voting in the Scottish Referendum wanted Scotland to leave the UK?

a 35 %

b 40 %

c 45 %

17: Who in 2006 called Ukip a bunch of 'fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists'?

a David Cameron

b Ed Miliband

c Boris Johnson

18: Which country's entire DNA database is being collected by a private company for genetic research?

a Ireland

b Sweden

c Iceland

19: A single-seater aircraft, powered only by the sun, will attempt its first round-the-world trip next year. What is it called?

a Solar Impulse 2

b Helios 3

c Chariot of the Gods

WWI memorial
The WWI memorial at the Tower of London OLI SCARFF

20: The WW1 memorial at the Tower of London caught the public imagination. How many poppies were there?

a 653,891

b 888,246

c 1,073,323

21: What percentage of the world's population is overweight or obese?

a 18%

b 29%

c 3.3%

22: Where and when was the first identified outbreak of the Ebola virus?

a South Sudan, 1976

b Rwanda, 1983

c Liberia, 1996

23: David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United. How long was he there?

a Six months

b Eight months

c Ten months

24: What did former Cabinet Minister David Mellor say after he was recorded abusing a taxi driver?

a "He was taking me down Queen Victoria Street – it's always jammed."

b "A black cab is a confessional, and cabbies are priests – they should never spill the beans."

c "It's water for me at the next celebratory lunch – I've definitely made that decision."

25: Who admitted in 2014 "thinking about running for US president"?

a Hillary Clinton

b Jeb Bush

c Rand Paul

26: Malala Yousafzai is the youngest ever winner of a Nobel Prize. With whom did she share the Peace Prize?

a The Dalai Lama

b Kailash Satyarthi

c Amartya Sen

Gerard Daperdieu
The French actor moved to Russia in 2013 and this year launched a line of watches called "Proud to be Russian" Clive Rose/Getty

27: Gérard Depardieu said: "I can't drink like a normal person... But I'm never totally drunk." How many bottles of wine a day did he say he could get through?

a 14

b 4

c 7

28: François Hollande received the lowest approval ratings for any French President in history. How low?

a 12%

b 4%

c -17%

29: Pope John Paul II was canonised on April 27th. How many other popes were canonised on the same day?

a 73

b 2

c 1

30: One of the greatest footballers of all time died in 2014. Who was it?

a Nat Lofthouse

b George Best

c Eusebio

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton celebrates becoming the Formula One World Champion In November 2014 John Macdougal

31: Lewis Hamilton became Formula One World Champion for the second time in 2014. Who was the last British driver to be a double champion?

a Jackie Stewart

b James Hunt

c Jim Clark

32: Rory McIlroy won his third and fourth majors this year. Which were they?

a The Open and the US Open

b The US Open and the Masters

c The Open and the PGA Championship

33: A spacecraft's probe landed on a comet for the first time. The spacecraft and its probe both took their names from an ancient civilisation. Which one?

a Greece

b Rome

c Egypt

34: What does ISIS stand for?

a Islamic Syrian International Security

b Islamic Society for Iraqi Self-Defence

c The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

35: Where was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March, flying from and to?

a Shanghai/Bangkok

b Kuala Lumpur/Beijing

c Hong Kong/Seoul

36: In January 2014, which country adopted the euro and became the 18th member of the eurozone?

a Romania

b Latvia

c Estonia

37: Pictured (below) is a detail from this year's blockbuster show at the British National Gallery. Who is the artist?

The National Gallery

a Rembrandt

b Turner

c Monet

38: Whose 1951 bronze, Chariot, sold in November for $101m?

a Henry Moore

b Alberto Giacometti

c Elisabeth Frink


1: C Apple

2: B Sochi

3: A I want to hold your hand

4: B Mario Gotze

5: C Baltimore

6: B Gleneagles

7: A Brisbane

8: B Buddy Holly

9: B Barack Obama

10: A Switzerland

11: C Sykes-Picot

12: A Gorbachev

13: B Tea stall

14: C Twelve sides

15: B Petra Kvitova

16: C 45%

17: A David Cameron

18: A Ireland

19: A Solar Impulse 2

20: B 888,246

21: B 29%

22: A South Sudan

23: C Ten months

24: C Water for me

25: B Jeb Bush

26: B Satyarthi

27: A 14

28: A 12%

29: C One

30: C Eusebio

31: A Jackie Stewart

32: C Open and PGA

33: C Egypt

34: C The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

35: B KL/Beijing

36: B Latvia

37: A Rembrandt

38: B Giacometti