From making Oscars history to baking and home PE lessons: how well do you recall these moments from 2020? – quiz

Andrzej Lukowski
·4-min read
<span>Photograph: 10’000 Hours/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: 10’000 Hours/Getty Images
  1. Which Hollywood star had a viral streaming hit for the all the wrong reasons after being roundly mocked for organising a tone-deaf celebrity cover of John Lennon’s Imagine?

    1. Keanu Reeves

    2. Tom Cruise

    3. Gal Godot

  2. Which film made history at this year’s Oscars by winning the best picture award?

    1. Little Women

    2. Parasite

    3. The Irishman

  3. Which fitness instructor went from “B-list celebrity” to "Britain's superhero” after doing four solid months of daily PE lessons online?

    1. Davina McCall

    2. Derrick Evans

    3. Joe Wicks

  4. Which relatively unknown app reported 50m new signups in one month?

    1. Houseparty

    2. Textra

    3. Blue Apron

  5. When Rishi Sunak tweeted a picture of himself WFH in a grey hoodie, what surprising thing happened?

    1. It led to a colossal spike in hoodie sales

    2. People started talking about how attractive they found him, and it started the nickname "Dishy Rishi"

    3. Close study of the reflection of his glasses revealed he was using super-fast government broadband to play Call of Duty, and not send Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson get well messages

  6. Who or what is “Joe Exotic”?

    1. It’s a TikTok dance

    2. It’s a cocktail that was big during the last great pandemic that has been revived via numerous semi-ironic YouTube tutorials

    3. He was the “colourful” star of the Netflix hit Tiger King

  7. In what was, to all intents and purposes, the only major film to be released at the cinema in post-lockdown 2020, a time-travelling secret agent battles to stop people from the future blowing up the present because of the impact of climate change. But what was it called?

    1. Tenet

    2. Wonder Woman 1984

    3. Death on the Nile

  8. Who won the 2020 Turner Prize?

    1. It was divided among 10 winners: Arika, Liz Johnson Artur, Oreet Ashery, Shawanda Corbett, Jamie Crewe, Sean Edwards, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ima-Abasi Okon, Imran Perretta and Alberta Whittle

    2. It was awarded to … all of us!

    3. It was technically scrapped

  9. Lockdown saw the inexorable rise of the video app Zoom. But it’s not been without controversy: what is “Zoom-bombing”?

    1. It’s when one person in the meeting has a home wifi set up so weak that it causes the entire system to explode

    2. It’s when rookies unfamiliar with the many, many fiddly bits of the interface end up bombing in a Zoom presentation

    3. It’s when somebody drops into an unprotected Zoom meeting that they’re not invited to

  10. Barcode QR for data labeling&lt;br&gt;Developed in 1994, Quick Response code (QR code) is a matrix barcode used in industry. A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. QR codes often contain data for a locator, identifier, or tracker that points to a website or application. A QR code uses four standardized encoding modes (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, and kanji) to store data.
    Barcode QR for data labeling
    Developed in 1994, Quick Response code (QR code) is a matrix barcode used in industry. A barcode is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about the item to which it is attached. QR codes often contain data for a locator, identifier, or tracker that points to a website or application. A QR code uses four standardized encoding modes (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, and kanji) to store data.

    What is this now ubiquitous sign?

    1. It's a QR code

    2. It's a QAnon code

    3. It's a QI code

  11. Which US fitness guru had a hit video with Yoga for When You Feel Dead Inside?

    1. Adriene Mishler

    2. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    3. Scott Herman

  12. What were we all collectively baking during the height of lockdown?

    1. Banoffee pie

    2. Banana bread

    3. Cheesecake

  13. Which unknown actor became an overnight sensation after appearing in a hit BBC series?

    1. Paul Mescal (Normal People)

    2. Zoë Kravitz (High Fidelity)

    3. Joshua Jackson (Little Fires Everywhere)

  14. Which big event did Jennifer Lopez and Shakira perform together at?

    1. The Uefa Champions League final

    2. The US presidential election

    3. The Super Bowl

  15. What did the media call Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from their roles as senior royals?

    1. Meggone

    2. Harrexit

    3. Megxit

Solutions

1:C, 2:B, 3:C, 4:A, 5:B, 6:C, 7:A, 8:A, 9:C, 10:A, 11:A, 12:B, 13:A, 14:C, 15:C

Scores

  1. 11 and above.

    As Adam and Eve discovered, there is such a thing as too much knowledge, and while we applaud how much you’ve been paying attention this year, there were technically still some things you could have been doing in the real world. Still, no shame in being extremely internet-savvy – just make sure your wifi is up to the job.

  2. 0 and above.

    Given the fact that we had basically nothing to do this year except to scour the internet looking up stuff, your lack of awareness as to what happened this year is both worrying and impressive. Is your broadband up to the 2020 experience? Perhaps an upgrade is required.

  3. 6 and above.

    Solid stuff. You’ve been paying attention to 2020, but you’ve probably held back from the really weird bits of the internet, and nobody is going to fault you for that. That said, if there was a year for exploring the really weird bits of the internet, it should have been this one. Make sure your wifi connection is up to scratch so you don’t miss out on any of the juicy stuff.

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