How much do you know about French history?

HISTORY

By: Annette

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About This Quiz

C'est la vie! Oh, the French.... Why are we so fascinated by them and their history? Because they're extraordinary. In this quiz, we'll test you on all things Francophile, and by the end, you'll know just how bien informé you really are!

What is the national motto of France?

The national motto means "liberty, equality, fraternity." It appeared around the time of the French Revolution.

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When was the Eiffel Tower completed?

It was almost torn down in 1909. Thank goodness it wasn't!

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Which of these is NOT a famous French author?

If you didn't get that right, you need to have a coffee break. Or just breathe.

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What is the city of light?

"Ville lumière" means "city of light" - and that means Paris! In the past, Parisians were known to divide France into two parts, Paris and "le désert," but these days the citizens embrace each other.

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How many kinds of cheese are produced in France?

Over 300 kinds of cheese are produced in France. They are not a lactose intolerant nation.

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What is France's formal name?

It is the French Republic. We owe a lot to them.

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When did wine production start in France?

In Roman times, wine production began in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, the oldest wine domain in France.

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Where is the Point Zero of all French roads?

The star marks the Point Zero of all French roads. Pretty powerful! Measure the distance from Point Zero to any point in France, or just stand on the star and make a wish.

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Which of these did France invent?

That's right. It was created by a fashion designer and an automotive engineer!

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Who invented cinema?

Okay, if you didn't get that right, you need to get some fresh air.

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How long has the Tour de France been around?

The Tour de France is the world's most popular bicycle race. We all think of Lance Armstrong. Oh, Lance....

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Which of these is NOT a French invention?

France has invented a lot of things, but they did not invent the wheel. Who did invent the darn wheel?

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In terms of economy, France is the world leader in production of what?

France produces many luxury goods, including haute couture and perfume.

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How many châteaux are in France?

There are 40,000 castles, manors, and palaces in France. How luxurious!

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Where was the crêpe invented?

The crêpe is one of the most popular foods in Europe! The French are known for many other culinary innovations.

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France's oldest citizen in history lived to be how old?

Jeanne Louise Calment lived to be 122 years old - the oldest woman in history whose age can be verified. There's something in the French water....

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What is a famous ball game played in France?

The French are crazy about pétanque. Especially old village men.

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Where did Leonardo da Vinci live until his death?

Leonardo called France his home. Do you blame him?

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Which is true about French women?

Does wearing great lingerie extend your life? Talk amongst yourselves.

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What about French culture was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010?

French gastronomy was awarded its own UNESCO status, as a "world intangible heritage." That's a pretty big deal.

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The Louvre is a museum and what else?

The Louvre is also considered a castle or palace. It is the home of the Mona Lisa.

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What is France's answer to Stonehendge?

Carnac, in Brittany, has the world's most impressive megalithic sites. The stones predate the more-famous Stonehenge.

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What is the oldest professional national theater in France?

La Comédie-Française is historic, and the acting company has been based there since 1790. It's the oldest continuously operating repertory company in the world!

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Where did the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh create most of his works?

He painted in the southern city of Arles and in Auvers-sur-Oise. I guess being in France inspires genius.

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Which of these is true about France?

In France, one in five people is depressed, making it the most depressed country on earth. C'est terrible!

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Which of these is NOT true about France?

Yes. In France, you can marry a dead person.

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What happens on April Fool's Day in France?

Don't be offended if a small child calls you a "poisson d’avril." It's just part of their history.

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How much of the French music on public radio stations must be of French origin?

40% of the music must be French. They're into preserving their culture.

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What is France's longest novel?

Proust's 3,000-page masterpiece is the longest novel in the world! It was published in 1913. You may know it as "Remembrance of Things Past."

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How many assassination attempts did President Charles de Gaulle face?

The President went down in the Guinness Book of World Records for it.

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What was the original name for French toast?

Pain perdu means "lost bread." But it's no longer lost, it is found.

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The current French government is which republic?

France has had dictatorships, monarchies, empires and republics - including the present republic. It's good to experiment. The French Fifth Republic has been in place since 1958.

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How long was Louis XIX king of France?

Considered to be the shortest reign in history, Louis XIX was king of France for just 20 minutes. Just a little longer than 15 minutes of fame.

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What landmark is located at the spot where Princess Diana was killed in France?

This is a replica of the torch in the Statue of Liberty's hand. It's located at the Place d’Alma.

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What is coq au vin?

"Coq au vin" means "rooster in wine." It's a rustic recipe, hundreds of years old, made with poultry, wine and mushrooms, braised slowly to tenderize an older, tougher bird.

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