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Welcome to the Wikinews World News Quiz of the year, giving you a chance to test your knowledge on this year's news. Once you have completed the quiz, why not take a look at Wikinews' overview of the year 2008 to read the articles behind the answers.

Last Updated: December 31, 2008

New Years Eve Quiz LCC 2009Edit

1 Which countries adopted the euro on January 1, 2008?

I. Cyprus
II. Malta
III. Poland

I and II only
I and III only
II and III only
I, II, and III

2 Who did the French President marry in February?

Danielle Émilienne Isabelle Gouze
Cécilia Attias
Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chodron de Courcel
Carla Bruni

3 The flag of Iraq was modified on January 23 for what reason?

To comply with UN standards for flag colors
To remove reverences to Saddam Hussein and his party
To mark the US invasion of the country
To symbolize democracy


Celebrations across the country marked the independence of Kosovo, but which country did it become independent from?
This year, Kosovo declared it's independence from which country?

Bosnia and Herzegovina

5 In February, rebels shot the president of where?

East Timor
The Cook Islands

6 In February, Fidel Castro resigned from what position?

Prime Minister of Cuba
President of Cuba
Cuban Executive Secretary of the Council of Ministers
Cuban President of the Council of Ministers

7 Who became the President of Russia this year?

Dmitry Medvedev
Viktor Zubkov
Vladimir Putin
Igor Shuvalov

8 Early this year Zimbabwe voted in elections, which had a widely contested result. What did Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe say he would do if his opposition came to power.

launch an inquiry into vote rigging by the opposition
leave Zimbabwe
go to war

9 American swimmer Michael Phelps set a new world record for the most gold medals won in one Olympic games. How many medals did Phelps win?


10 Which American football team had an "imperfect season" becoming the first NFL team to have a 0-16 season?

New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions

11 Which American football team had their quest for a perfect season dashed in Super Bowl XLII?

New York Giants
Detroit Lions
New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins

12 NASA's Mars Phoenix mission discovered what on the surface of Mars?

Water ice

13 In April, Josef Fritzl was the subject of many news reports after being found to have kept his daughter, Elisabeth Fritzl, in a cellar for 24 years. In which country was the cellar located?



What was the name for this cyclone that hit Myanmar called?
Over 140,000 were killed when a cyclone struck Myanmar (also known as Burma) in May. What was the cyclone called?

Cyclone Nabi
Cyclone Nina
Cyclone Nancy
Cyclone Nargis

15 2008 was a year for change in Nepal. What major political change took place.

A military coup seized power
The Nepal monarchy was abolished.
The Nepalese Constituent Assembly voted to dissolve itself, leading to a crisis due to lack of a clear successor government organization.
Due to economic issues, Nepal dissolved all provincial governments in favour of a strong central government to reduce overhead.