A REGULAR feature over the coming months on This French Life will be a simple quiz on all things France written by author Andrew Whittaker.
Some of the questions will be drawn from Andrew's book Speak the Culture: France, but he is also promising to include brain teasers on current affairs and subjects that didn't make the book.
So you might cross questions on sporting events, politics and the arts, hopefully though you will gain a little insight into France and the richness of its culture.
Below you will find the first set of ten questions, alongside a .pdf of the same questions but also the answers that you can take away with you.
Feel free to print off copies of the questions to hand out at a get-together or similar event, you could even use them in a language class, and look out for another quiz next month.
Speak the Culture: France Quiz Questions
Q. Where will the 2008 Tour de France start?
Q. Which magazine did President Sarkozy instigate legal proceedings against after its website claimed he wrote "Si tu reviens, j’annule tout" ("If you come back, I’ll cancel everything") in a text to his ex-wife a week before marrying Carla Bruni?
Q. The home of the French Open Tennis tournament was named after Roland Garros. But who was he?
Q. Which team play their football at the Stade Louis II?
Q. In which wine region can you pick up a bottle of Côte Rôtie…and what does the name mean?
Q. Which film won the Best Picture gong at the 2007 César Awards (the French Oscars)?
Q: Which Romantic artist famously portrayed Marianne striding over the barricades in La Liberté guidant le peuple?
Q. Which author won the 2007 Prix Goncourt, the top French book prize?
Q. Who directed the 1945 film Les Enfants du paradis, voted the best French film of the 20th century by a panel of critics?
Q. In rural France what is a longère?
Download Speak the Culture: France Questions and Answers (.pdf)
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Wow, this one's much more difficult, but what a fun concept! je suis accro!
3. um...a tennis player?
5. Bordeaux? Roasted banks/ribs?
6. La Môme?
8. Gilles Leroy for Alabama Song
9. Marcel Carné
10. no idea!
Posted by: maitresse | 22 March 2008 at 13:55
Hi Maitresse, you can tell your strong points are film and the arts :-)
I'll have to ask Andrew to squeeze a few more questions in on these subjects.
Thanks for taking part, Craig
Posted by: Craig McGinty | 25 March 2008 at 08:29