French Culture Test

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French Culture Test

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  • 1. 
    In what order are courses served at a meal in France?
    • A. 

      Soup – starter – main – salad/cheese – dessert – coffee

    • B. 

      Soup – starter – main – dessert – salad/cheese – coffee

    • C. 

      Starter – soup – main – dessert – salad/cheese – coffee

  • 2. 
    What is a “soixante-huitard”?
    • A. 

      A late-comer – 68% of French people habitually arrive late.

    • B. 

      A baby-boomer, a child of the sixties.

    • C. 

      A veteran of the events of May 1968.

  • 3. 
    Who treads “le parquet”?
    • A. 

      The principal ballet dancer at the Opéra in Paris.

    • B. 

      The Ministère Public, the French public prosecutor.

    • C. 

      The mayor – the term refers to the town hall.

  • 4. 
    Who are the Pieds-Noirs?
    • A. 

      One of the early Cro-Magnon tribes at Les Eyzies.

    • B. 

      Natives of Pas-de-Calais - a famous coal mining region.

    • C. 

      French colonials in Algeria.

  • 5. 
    What is a “sous-préfet”?
    • A. 

      The local representative of the French state.

    • B. 

      A junior-ranking school prefect.

    • C. 

      A past participle in a subordinate clause.

  • 6. 
    “La nostalgie n’est plus ce qu’elle était” are whose memoirs?
    • A. 

      Simone de Beauvoir

    • B. 

      Simone Signoret

    • C. 

      Marcel Proust

  • 7. 
    “Je lui ai posé un lapin” – what does this mean?
    • A. 

      I stood him up.

    • B. 

      I made a fool out of him.

    • C. 

      I boxed his ears.

  • 8. 
    Which one of these French icons is actually French?
    • A. 

      Plastic Bertrand

    • B. 

      Jacques Brel

    • C. 

      Johnny Halliday

  • 9. 
    The words “Après moi, le déluge” are attributed to:
    • A. 

      Louis XIV

    • B. 

      Louis XV

    • C. 

      Napoléon Bonaparte

  • 10. 
    The word “fastoche” means:
    • A. 

      Easy money

    • B. 

      A doddle

    • C. 

      A drag

  • 11. 
    What was Pascal’s Wager?
    • A. 

      Believe in God – you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

    • B. 

      The roulette table can be beaten with a mathematical formula.

    • C. 

      Democracy is like gambling, except the people always lose.

  • 12. 
    Which of these cheeses is generally held to be the smelliest?
    • A. 

      Camembert

    • B. 

      Munster

    • C. 

      Roquefort

  • 13. 
    Which of these composers is NOT born French?
    • A. 

      Hector Berlioz

    • B. 

      Georges Bizet

    • C. 

      Frédéric Chopin

  • 14. 
    The term “cordon bleu” has its origins in:
    • A. 

      The bell-pull used by Louis XIV to summon his meals.

    • B. 

      Chef’s trousers, which became today’s hound’s tooth pattern.

    • C. 

      The ribbon holding the medal of an order of French knights.

  • 15. 
    In his novel “La Disparition”, writer Georges Perec:
    • A. 

      Does not once use the letter “e” in any of its 300 pages.

    • B. 

      Leaves all the pages blank, except for the title page.

    • C. 

      Repeats the question “Où es-tu?” 25,000 times.

  • 16. 
    What are “les Trente Glorieuses”?
    • A. 

      Thirty women who heroically stormed La Bastille.

    • B. 

      The period of economic growth in France from 1945 to 1975.

    • C. 

      The thirty French cathedrals that survived the Reformation.

  • 17. 
    For what would you have used “Minitel Rose”?
    • A. 

      Dating – Minitel was a precursor to the Internet.

    • B. 

      Sleeping – Minitel was a chain of small hotels.

    • C. 

      Sending flowers – Minitel was later bought by Interflora.

  • 18. 
    Why is the Lacoste logo a crocodile?
    • A. 

      Lacoste initially made crocodile skin bags and shoes.

    • B. 

      René Lacoste was nicknamed "le crocodile" by his fans.

    • C. 

      René Lacoste's father was eaten by a crocodile.

  • 19. 
    Members of the Sénat (upper house of Parliament) are elected by:
    • A. 

      Universal adult suffrage.

    • B. 

      The members of the Assemblée Nationale (lower house).

    • C. 

      Mayors and other locally elected officials.

  • 20. 
    Who escaped from prison, fought a battle and went back to prison - all in the space of a "Hundred Days"?
    • A. 

      Napoléon Bonaparte

    • B. 

      Le Comte de Monte-Cristo

    • C. 

      Charles de Gaulle