21 questions to measure the extent of your knowledge of French Culture
Q1. Who scored the first goal in the inaugural game at the Stade de France in 1998 ?
Q2. Which of these is not a French national dish ?
- Le poulet Henri IV
- Dagobert Duck
- Steak frites
Q3. The Genovese bridge, pictured above, is typical of which French island?
Q4. A dog at the feet on a funerary monument symbolizes… ?
- The profession knifemaker
- Cold feet
- Love of dogs
Q5. How many deputies compose the French national assembly in 2019: 325 or 507 or 577?
Q6. Match the cathedral on the left with its particularity from the list on the right. (*photo hint above )
Basilique St Denis* Visible from more than 10 km away
Notre Dame in Reims Painted by Monet
Notre Dame in Verdun Constructed of brick
Saint Cecile in Albi The oldest, construction began in 990
Notre Dame in Rouen The largest gothic windows in Europe
Saint Stephen in Metz Where French Kings are buried
Notre Dame in Chartres Where French kings were crowned
Q7. Who is the author of “The Second Sex” (Le Deuxième sexe) published in 1949?
- Simone de Beauvoir
- Simone Veil
- Elizabeth Badinter
Q8. Which French organization, founded in 1971, won the Nobel Peace prize in 1999?
- Reporters sans Frontières
- Médecins sans Frontières
- Action contre la Faim
Q9. What food was traditionally found on the bar in every café?
- hard boiled eggs
Q10. Which of these men is not considered a founding father of Europe?
- Robert Schuman
- Jean Monnet
- Charles de Gaulle
Q11. True or False: France has never had a female Prime Minister.
Q12. 6 June 2019 is the 75th anniversary of
- Victory WWII
- May 68
Q13. The first Tour de France was 6 stages of about 400km each!
Which year was this famous race created?
Q14. Match the Frenchie with their profession:
Sarah Bernhardt Disk Jockey
Gabrielle Renaudot Flammarion Surgeon
Thomas Pesquet Actress
Ambroise Paré Astronomer
Johnny Hallyday Accordionist
Rosa Bonheur Mathematician
Yvette Horner Singer
Marie Crous Painter
David Guetta Astronaut
Q15. Who said ?
(Hint: It wasn’t the Dalai Lama – although he might quote this French man!)
“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.”
“La plus constante marque de la sagesse, c’est une constante réjouissance.”
Q16. Which French actress played in the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough ?”
Q17. The famous character created and played by Jacques Tati in a series of films in the 50s and 60s was :
Q18. Which expression in French culture means “A little bird told me”?
- Oiseau de malheur
- Ne pas bouger le petit doigt
- Mon petit doigt me l’a dit
Q19. The Camargue is the salt marsh of the Rhone river delta. This protected area is host to migrating birds along the African flyway. It is ideal habitat and breeding grounds for which bird in particular?
Q20. True or False? Jacques Cartier was an explorer and sailor.
Q21. Parisians covered their half timbered facades with plaster beginning in the 17th century. Why ?
- Termite protection
- Fire prevention
- Better Aesthetics
Q1. Zinedine Zidane
Q2. Dagobert Duck (Dagobert was a French king in the 7th century, who according to a children’s song put his underwear on backwards, but he did not lend his name to a duck dish)
Q6. Basilique St Denis, Where French Kings are buried; Notre Dame in Reims, Where French kings were crowned; Notre Dame in Verdun, The oldest; Saint Cecile in Albi, Constructed of brick; Notre Dame in Rouen, Painted by Monet; Saint Stephen in Metz, The largest gothic windows in Europe; Notre Dame in Chartres, Visible from more than 10 km away
Q7. Simone de Beauvoir
Q8. Médecins sans Frontières
Q9. Hard boiled eggs
Q10. Charles de Gaulle
False. Edith Cresson was PM in 1991/1992
Q14. Sarah Bernhardt, Actress; Gabrielle Renaudot Flammarion, Astronomer; Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut; Ambroise Paré, Surgeon; Johnny Hallyday, Singer; Rosa Bonheur, Painter; Yvette Horner, Accordionist; Marie Crous, Mathematician; David Guetta, Disk Jockey
Q15. Michel de Montaigne
Q16. Sophie Marceau
Q18. Mon petit doigt me l’a dit
Q19. The greater (or pink) flamingo
Q21. Fire prevention