AUTHOR Andrew Whittaker has written a new series of questions on all things France to test your knowledge of French history as well as current affairs.
Some of the questions are drawn from Andrew's book Speak the Culture: France, while others have featured in the newspapers or are drawn from the art world.
Below you will find a set of ten questions, alongside a .pdf of the same questions that also features the answers which 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 for April
Q. The last living French veteran of the First World War, Lazare Ponticelli, passed away on March 12. How old was he?
Q. Which author (living or dead) has sold more books in France than any other?
Q. When did France begin her Fifth (and current) Republic?
Q. Who painted Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe in 1863, shocking the art establishment with its challenging nude figure?
Q. Which French philosopher said: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him”?
Q. Which French rugby player scored a first half hat-trick of tries in the recent 2008 Six Nations win over Ireland?
Q: Who directed À bout de souffle, one of the formative films of French New Wave cinema?
Q. Why did Coco Chanel spend the decade after the Second World War in self-imposed exile in Switzerland?
Q. Which French composer of the early 20th century wrote such works as Things Viewed from the Right and the Left (Without Spectacles) and Dried up Embryos?
Q. What did the mayor of Sarpourenx, near Pau, ban residents from doing recently?
Download Speak the Culture: France Quiz Questions for April (.pdf)
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Ha! Ok I'm going to give it a whirl, no googling, I promise.
2) Anna Gavalda???
6) no idea
9) Erik Satie?
how'd I do?
Posted by: maitresse | 18 March 2008 at 10:05
Thanks for having a go and you got 6/10, which I think it extremely good, because I didn't get anywhere near that when Andrew's questions arrived in my inbox.
If you want to have a go at his questions for last month, they can be found here:
All the best, Craig
Posted by: Craig McGinty | 18 March 2008 at 10:18