The French History Quiz
by Staff
Think you know your Louis XIV from your Louis XVIII, your Mitterrand from your Chirac? Take this French history quiz to find out.

Where did France get its name?

  • Francia trees used to line the Rhone River.
  • The Franks used to rule the area.
  • Julius Caesar's wife was named Francia.

What was it called before that?

  • Aquitania
  • Gaul
  • Celtica

Who controlled Gaul before the Franks took over?

  • the Greeks
  • the Romans
  • the Gauls

Who were the first kings of France?

  • the Merovingians
  • the Visigoths
  • the Druids

What title did King Charlemagne obtain in the year 800?

  • the Divine King
  • Charlemagne the Great
  • Holy Roman Emperor

There was something of a power vacuum when Charlemagne's three grandsons were left in charge for various reasons. The grandsons in question were Lothar, Louis the _____ and Charles the ______.

  • German, Bald
  • Black, Brave
  • Great, Wicked

What name did the Vikings give to the area they conquered and colonized in the 10th and 11th centuries?

  • Picardy
  • Normandy
  • Alsace

For roughly 350 years, starting around 1000, this line of kings controlled the area around Paris.

  • Bourbons
  • Courtenays
  • Capetians

What was the deciding battle when William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066?

  • Naseby
  • Hastings
  • Marston Moor

In the Hundred Years' War against England, the English House of Plantagenet battled the French House of _________.

  • Valois
  • Avignon
  • Evreux

In which major battle did Joan of Arc lead France to victory?

  • Orleans
  • Lyon
  • Toulouse

In 1598, the Edict of Nantes gave religious freedom to this group of French Protestants.

  • the Huguenots
  • the Carolingians
  • the Carcassonnes

Which French king established absolute monarchy during his reign?

  • Louis XIII
  • Philip the Fair
  • Francis I

What was Louis XIV's nickname?

  • Master of Versailles
  • Dapper King
  • Sun King

The storming of this prison by a Parisian mob marked the start of the French Revolution.

  • Perpignan
  • Marseille
  • Bastille

When is Bastille Day?

  • October 6
  • July 14
  • April 23

The next month, the National Constituent Assembly passed the Declaration of ________, which strove to give all citizens equal status.

  • Citizens' Rights
  • the Rights of Man
  • Liberty

The conflict between the Girondins and this other French political group was the cause of the Reign of Terror in 1793 and 1794.

  • the Nationales
  • les Marat
  • the Jacobins

Who engineered a coup in 1799 and became the emperor of the French in 1804?

  • Napoleon
  • Richelieu
  • Robespierre

Where was Napoleon defeated?

  • Bruges
  • Waterloo
  • Rotterdam

Which royal family was restored to power after Napoleon was exiled again?

  • the Capulets
  • the Valois
  • the Bourbons

What happened on Aug. 3, 1914?

  • the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
  • the Battle of the Somme
  • France and Germany declared war on each other.

What happened on Aug. 25, 1944?

  • The Allies liberated Paris.
  • D-Day
  • The Nazis occupied Paris.

When was World War II hero Charles de Gaulle elected president?

  • 1948
  • 1952
  • 1958

Which was NEVER a French colony or occupied by the French?

  • Andorra
  • Canada
  • Senegal
  • Haiti
  • Morocco
  • United States
  • Ivory Coast
  • Saudi Arabia

Who was the first female prime minister of France?

  • Francoise Chretien
  • Edith Cresson
  • Jacqueline Ribaud

Who was the longest-serving president of France?

  • Georges Pompidou
  • Jacques Chirac
  • Francois Mitterrand

In 2012, Francois Hollande was sworn in as the first French president from this party in 17 years.

  • Socialist
  • Green
  • Republican

What is the name of the French magazine that was targeted by Islamic terrorists in 2015?

  • Paris Match
  • Charlie Hebdo
  • Jalouse

How many people were killed in the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris?

  • 85
  • 130
  • 165