Test your memory on the people, news and events of the year Christmas 1 What traditional food made with figs is referred to in the carol We Wish You a Merry Christmas? 2 Who were Santa's original eight reindeer? 3 Which genius of mathematics and physics was born on Christmas Day, 1642? 4 In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, what are the names of Ebenezer Scrooge's impoverished employee and supernatural guide? 5 Who wrote the song White Christmas, and in which film did it first appear? 6 Who wrote 1984's charity hit Do They Know It's Christmas? 7 In Frank Capra's 1945 Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life (left), what is the name of James Stewart's guardian angel (second class)? 8 How many birds are there in the song The 12 Days of Christmas? 9 What is the common name for the hemi-parasitic plant Viscum album? 10 On who's legend is the carol Good King Wenceslas based? Science & Nature 1 India became only the sixth nation or group to send a spacecraft to the moon. Name the others. 2 What US$250 million piece of equipment suffered a wee probem after being fitted in the International Space Station? 3 Which animal turned out to be unexpectedly genetically close to humans, and to have originated in a region that is now China? 4 While repairing the ISS, what expensive mistake did Endeavour astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper make? 5 What, for the first time, did Nasa's Pheonix probe confirm beyond doubt? 6 What rare creature died in Hong Kong despite a sea food hawker paying HK$20,000 for its release? 7 There's going to be something a bit different as we tick over into the new year. What is it? 8 What was officially turned on on September 11, but did not destroy the Earth? 9 What did Dr Samuel Wood of La Jolla, California become the first person to do? 10 What did Zhai Zhigang perfom on September 27? Who are they? 1 He played bridge while his bank became one of the first victims of the crunch. 2 He became an unlikely US election celebrity... but what was his real name? 3 She was known as 'Kristen', he was 'Client No 9'. Who were they really? 4 At the age of 80, she became the titular head of a business empire. 5 What did she do to trigger a storm of internet anger in the country of her birth? 6 It's been a turbulent year for this talented but troubled young woman. 7 You wouldn't know it from the picture, but he is in fact Chinese. 8 Seems to have the magic touch, wherever he goes. 9 He was very, very sorry, and now he's a long, long way away. 10 She got married after a very public - and whirlwind - romance. Hong Kong 1First there were five, then four, then nine, then eight. What happened? 2 It was the soggiest June on record. How much rain fell (in mm)? a)1,006 b) 1,258 c)1,346 3 How many people did the organisers claim turned out for the July 1 march... and how many did the police estimate? 4 What was the name of the Ukrainian tug that sank after a collision off Tuen Mun? 5 Which company did former buildings chief Leung Chin-man join after retirement but then quit under public pressure? a) New World China b) Cheung Kong Holdings c) Henderson Land 6 What was the name of the Stubbs Road building vandalised by its owners before the government declared it a monument? 7 What is the home of Bruce Lee now being used as? 8 Who's two-hour memorial service was covered by more than 20 television channels around the world? 9 Hopewell's Wan Chai 'Mega Tower' plan called for how many floors, but was reduced to what? 10 The piazza of which mall was the sparking point for debate over the use of public space? The Olympics 1 Which Chinese athletics star broke down and cried after a shock withdrawal? 2 Who came 16th out of 25 in her Olympic event, but left her opponents in her wake to win five golds in the Paralympics? 3 Who carried the Olympic flame aloft in the opening ceremony to light the stadium fire? 4 How many world records were broken? 5 How many medals did Hong Kong win? 6 And at the Paralympics? 7 What was Usain Bolt's astonishing 100m final time? 8 To the nearest thousand, how many costumes were used in the opening ceremony? 9 Who said: 'Had we known what we know now, would we have bid for the  Olympics? Almost certainly not.' 10 Michael Phelps eats about how many calories a day? a) 5,000 b) 8,000 c) 12,000 Sport 1 Lewis Hamilton became the youngest winner of the Formula One championship at the tender age of 23. Who was the oldest winner? 2 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer fought Wimbledon's longest men's final. How long did it last? 3 Which golfer won the Hong Kong Open? 4 Which local youngster clobbered 168 runs (including 21 sixes) in six innings at the Hong Kong Sixes? 5 Which country is to set up a sports ministry following a remarkably successful year? 6 Manchester United clinched the double by beating Chelsea on penalties in the Champions League final. Where was the match played? 7 Which two Premier League teams did Barnsley beat in their shock run to the FA Cup semi-finals? 8 Who caught the winning touchdown pass for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots? 9 What was the score in the Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe Cup clash in Hong Kong? 10 Chinese player Zheng Jie was the surprise package at this year's Wimbledon, advancing to the semi-finals. Which top player did she beat in the third round? People 1 Paul McCartney paid a whopping GBP24.3 million to Heather Mills in their divorce settlement... only to be 'outdone' by another British rocker. Who was it and what did he pay? 2 Who has been named as host of the upcoming Oscar awards ceremony? 3 Which former Star Trek member took advantage of new US gay marriage laws to tie the knot? And which comedienne and actress did the same? 4 Whom did British princes William and Harry suggest needed a stair lift installed at home? 5 Who claimed his generation of musicians could be 'the new Beatles'? 6 Staying on the theme, what did the Vatican belatedly forgive as being 'the boasting of an English working-class lad struggling to cope with unexpected success'? 7 Who's lavish local birthday party featured performances from Lionel Richie and Rihanna, and who organised it? 8 John Cleese is 69. How old is his new girlfriend, what is her first name and what colour is her hair? 9 Who posed for a recreation of Marilyn Monroe's infamous last nude photo shoot? 10 And who was the photographer on both occasions? Who said it? 1 'You can put lipstick on a pig. It's still a pig.' 2 'I've been sleeping like a baby: sleep two hours, wake up and cry, sleep two hours, wake up and cry.' 3 'I don't see how me wearing a bikini has anything to do with Tibet or human rights.' 4 'There is nothing decent about Russell Brand - he's a despicable rat.' 5 'I'm warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail.' 6 'That wrinkly white-haired guy used me in his campaign ad, which means I'm running for president. So thanks for the endorsement white-haired dude, and I want America to know I'm, like, totally ready to lead.' 7 'The rise and fall of popularity is only like passing clouds to me. What I care about day and night is my spiritual advancement.' 8 'I think that, in retrospect, I could have used a different rhetoric. Phrases such as 'bring them on' or 'dead or alive' indicated to people that I was, you know, not a man of peace.' 9 'Testosterone to me is so important for a sense of well-being when you get older. Everyone over 40 years old would be wise to investigate it because it increases the quality of your life. Mark my words. In 10 years it will be over the counter.' 10 'To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.' Entertainment 1 How many and which Oscars did No Country for Old Men win? 2 Who controversially headed the Glastonbury Festival? 3 Which martial arts star plays himself in an (unexpectedly) acclaimed film titled JCVD? 4 Acts including Queen, Razorlight, Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse and the Soweto Gospel Choir all turned out for a London concert to celebrate who's birthday? 5 Which group released its first album in 17 years ... with only one member from the original lineup. 6 Without speculating why, which local pop star and actress was edited out of Chen Kaige's biopic Mei Lanfang? 7 What brought in sales of US$500 million in its first week, eclipsing all other forms of entertainment to date? 8 Who is the actor playing the caped crusader? 9 Which album cost US$13million to make? 10 Which Australian rocker and art-school dropout presented this year's Turner prize? Arts & Literature 1 What's the sparkly object below called, who made it, and how much does he claim he sold it for? 2 If the answer is Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, then what is the question? 3 Who said: 'Why did I write an autobiography? Because my wife was getting very fed up listening to me tell the same stories'. 4 Taro Aso became Japan's prime minister on September 24. Of what literary genre is he a fan? 5 Name the title of the autobiography of the world's richest man, published this year. 6 Who bought a Francis Bacon Triptych and Lucien Freud's Benefits Supervisor Sleeping in two days for a total of US$120 million? 7 What was the official reason the world's largest emerald in matrix was removed from auction in Hong Kong? 8 Who won this year's Man Booker Prize and with which book? 9 The FBI estimates the market for stolen art is worth how much anually? a)US$600 million b)US$6 billion c)US$60 billion? 10 Which film director offered his collection of Chinese paintings for sale at auction in Hong Kong?