News Quizzes – A selection of ready-made pub quiz questions on the subject of the News

2017 News Quiz

2017 – Round 3 – News

2017 News Quiz.

1. Which Spanish region held a referendum on 1st October on whether they should gain independence from the rest of the country?


2. Angela Merkel was re-elected as Chancellor of Germany this year. How many terms will she now have served?


3. The director of the FBI was fired by President Trump in May – what is his name?

James Comey

4. Which country’s former president, the first woman to be elected as such, was jailed in March following a corruption scandal?

South Korea (Park Geun-hye)

5. Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election in May – Who was the other of the last two candidates?

Marine Le Pen (National front)

6. In June, President Trump announced the US’s withdrawal from a climate agreement which is named after which capital city?

Paris (Paris Agreement/Paris Climate Accord/Paris Climate Agreement)

7. Which country caused uproar in February when its president signed an amendment which decriminalised ‘moderate’ violence within families?


8. In which month of 2017 was Article 50 triggered by Theresa May?


9. Name two of the three countries which legalised same-sex marriage this year.

Australia, Germany and Malta (Two of)

10. Prince Harry’s fiancée Megan Markle starred in which American legal drama series between 2011 and 2017?



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News Quiz 2016

2016 Quiz – Round 3 – News

News Quiz 2016 – How well do you remember the events of this year?

1. On which date this year did the UK vote to leave the European Union?

23rd June

2. What was the name of the 41-year-old Labour MP who sadly died in June this year after being shot and stabbed as she prepared to hold a meeting with constituents of Birstall, West Yorkshire?

Jo Cox

3. Who became First Minister of Northern Ireland in January and is the first woman to have held the post?

Arlene Foster

4. Which labour MP resigned in September amidst rumours that he paid for the services of two male escorts?

Keith Vaz

5. UKIP has had 3 different leaders during the course of 2016. Can you name all three?

Nigel Farage, Diane James and Paul Nuttall

6. Which television channel became the first in the UK to only be available online as of February 2016?

BBC Three

7. A new national living wage came into force on 1st April. How much is the minimum that employers are required to pay staff over 25 as from this date?

£7.20 per hour

8. In which American city were 49 people killed and 53 others wounded in June 2016 in a mass shooting inside the gar bar ‘Pulse’?


9. Which well-known high street retailer filed for administration on 25th April?


10. In which month did the first £5 polymer banknote enter circulation?



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2015 News Quiz

2015 Quiz – Round 4 – News

1. Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe in July by an American big-game hunter – what was the hunter’s name?

Walter Palmer

2. Ethel Lang, the last living UK resident born during the reign of Queen Victoria, died in July. How old was she?


3. David Cameron called an emergency COBRA meeting to discuss December’s floods. What does COBRA stand for?

Cabinet Office Briefing Room A

4. What was the name of the 200-year-old pub in Summerseat that collapsed when the River Irell flooded?

The Waterside

5. How could Facebook users show their support for France after the Paris attacks in November?

They could turn their profile photos red, white and blue

6. What was the name of the last deep coal mine in North Yorkshire which closed in December this year?

Kellingley Colliery

7. Paul O’Grady spoke at the funeral of which English entertainer this year?

Cilla Black

8. Who replaced Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats in July?

Tim Farron

9. What is the full name of the new baby born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this year?

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge

10. What is the name of the British ESA astronaut launched into space in December this year?

Tim Peake


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