Quiz of The Week: 19 - 25 August

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Donald Trump posted his police mugshot on Twitter, aka X, following his arrest in Georgia this week
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This week will be remembered for world-changing events ranging from India’s Moon landing to the reported death of Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin. But the image that may stick in many people’s heads is Donald Trump’s mugshot.

Trump became the first former US president to be immortalised by a police photographer after surrendering in Georgia on Thursday on more than a dozen charges related to his alleged bid to overthrow the state’s 2020 election results. He was released from an Atlanta jail after paying $200,000 (£160,000) in bail.

The would-be 2024 candidate turned himself in a day after appearing in a colourful interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson that was posted online minutes before the first Republican primary debate, which Trump skipped. Asked by Carlson how he stayed so cheerful despite being “indicted every week”, Trump replied that his standing in the opinion polls kept him upbeat.

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The clock is ticking down to elections in a range of countries, including India and Indonesia, that could herald a new global order.

With the UK also likely to head to the polls in 2024, Rishi Sunak is reportedly planning to get aggressive on divisive issues including migration, eco-activism and trans rights. But with the Conservatives still trailing behind Labour in the polls, the prime minister has far less reason to be upbeat than Trump.

To find out how closely you’ve been paying attention to the latest developments in the news and other global events, put your knowledge to the test with our Quiz of The Week.

1. Catholic nuns in which US state have banned their bishop from their monastery for their “spiritual safety”?

  • Texas
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • New Mexico

2. In which event did Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson win gold at the 2023 World Athletics Championship?

  • 100m
  • Hammer throw
  • Heptathlon
  • 1,500m

3. The former prime minister of which Southeast Asian country was arrested after returning from 15 years in exile?

  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand

4. A row erupted over Bradley Cooper’s prosthetic nose in an upcoming biopic about which Jewish composer?

  • George Gershwin
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Irving Berlin
  • Gustav Mahler

5. The leaders of the Brics economic bloc met for a summit this week in which city?

  • Brasília
  • New Delhi
  • Beijing
  • Johannesburg

6. The English federation of which sport will defy new international restrictions on transgender competitors?

  • Bridge
  • Chess
  • Draughts
  • Poker

7. New research shows that global household wealth dropped by how much last year?

  • $11.3 billion
  • $110.3 billion
  • $11.3 trillion
  • $111.3 trillion

8. Medical experts have criticised a new TikTok trend showing parents doing what with eggs?

  • Staging egg-and-spoon marathons
  • Cracking them on kids’ heads
  • Feeding them raw to babies
  • Daring teenagers to swallow them whole

9. More than half of US adults claim to have been visited by what in a dream, according to a new survey?

  • Dead relative
  • Tooth fairy
  • Donald Trump
  • Mythical beast

10. Where did the UK’s first womb transplant take place?

  • Cambridge
  • Oxford
  • London
  • Edinburgh

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1. Texas

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Arlington said they “no longer recognise the authority” of Bishop Michael Olson, who they accuse of aggression and spiritual manipulation. The long-running row began when he accused their Mother Prioress of violating her vow of chastity by “sexting” a priest.

2. Heptathlon

Johnson-Thompson clinched her second World Championship title by running a personal best in the final 800-metre event on Sunday in Budapest. The victory marks a remarkable comeback for the 30-year-old, who suffered serious achilles tendon and calf injuries after winning gold in 2019.

3. Thailand

Former PM Thaksin Shinawatra was immediately detained and taken to court after landing in Bangkok on Tuesday. The telecoms tycoon-turned-populist politician, who fled corruption charges in 2006, was jailed for eight years.

4. Leonard Bernstein

The teaser trailer for “Maestro”, about the legendary creator of “West Side Story”, shows star Cooper wearing a prominent prosthetic nose. The actor, who also directed and co-produced the Netflix biopic, was accused of “Jewface” – when a non-Jewish actor plays a Jewish person and exaggerates so-called “Jewish” characteristics.

5. Johannesburg

The three-day summit was billed as the most important in a decade for the Brics bloc, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Tensions have been mounting among the group, which together make up 40% of the world’s population, as China pushes for an expanded bloc to challenge the G7.

6. Chess

The English Chess Federation (ECF) has pledged not to enforce new rules introduced by the International Chess Federation (Fide) banning transgender players from women’s tournaments. Find out more with The Week Unwrapped podcast.

7. $11.3 trillion

The drop in global household wealth was the first since the 2008 financial crisis and heralds a “richcession”, according to commentators. The new research, by financial services firm UBS, also shows that the number of millionaires fell by 3.5 million year-on-year, to 59.4 million.

8. Cracking them on kids’ heads

The videos, many of which use the hashtag #eggprank, are getting millions of views, but many of the children look “upset and stunned”, said Sky News. Medical experts have also warned of the risk of salmonella.

9. Dead relative

In a Pew Research Center survey of more than 5,000 people, 53% reported being visited by a deceased family member in a dream or some other form. For more stories from the stranger side of life, get The Week’s Tall Tales newsletter.

10. Oxford

Surgeons spent eight hours removing the womb of a 40-year-old donor, followed by a further nine hours implanting it into her 34-year-old sister. The transplant, at the Oxford Transplant Centre, has been hailed as the “dawn of a new era” in fertility treatment.

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Harriet Marsden is a writer for The Week, mostly covering UK and global news and politics. Before joining the site, she was a freelance journalist for seven years, specialising in social affairs, gender equality and culture. She worked for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, and regularly contributed articles to The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, Tortoise Media and Metro, as well as appearing on BBC Radio London, Times Radio and “Woman’s Hour”. She has a master’s in international journalism from City University, London, and was awarded the "journalist-at-large" fellowship by the Local Trust charity in 2021.