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1 - The population of France is about
a- 27.5 million
b- 58 million
c- 80 million
d- 100 million
2 - France is
a- The largest country in Europe
b- larger than Italy but smaller than Spain
c- twice as large as Germany
d- as large as the state of Nevada
3 - Which of these bodies of water does not border France ?
a- The Baltic
b- The Mediterrannean
c- The English Channel
d- The Atlantic
4 - Which of these mountain ranges is not French ?
a- The Alpes
b- The Vosges
c- The Carpathians
d- The Pyrennes
5 - Corsica is
a- a French "departement"
b- a French island
c- a French region
d- a French city
6 - Brittany juts into the
a- Atlantic
b- Pacific
c- Mediterrannean
d- it does not border a sea
7 - The three largest French cities are
a- Paris, Lyon, Marseille
b- Paris, Lille, Marseille
c- Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux
d- Bordeaux, Marseille, Lille
8- The Rhine
a- runs only in France
b- has its source in France
c- traverses the Pas de Calais
d- borders Alsace
9- The territory of French forests
a- is gaining
b- is shrinking
c- is staying the same
d- is unknown
10- The city of Strasbourg is found
a- in Germany
b- in Alsace
c- in Lorraine
d- in Provence


11- Georges Pompidou is
a- a French president
b- a French painter
c- a museum of modern art
d- a French fashion designer
12- What is the color of the white horse of Louis XIV ?
a- black
b- black and white
c- brown
d- white
13- The Museum Eugene Delacroix is found
a- in Paris
b- in Marseille
c- in Lille
d- in Lyon
14- 70% of French electrical energy is provided by
a- fossil fuels
b- petroleum
c- hydroelectric power
d- nuclear power
15- France produces about
a- 110 cheeses
b- 350 cheeses
c- 50 cheeses
d- 400 cheeses
16- The Marais neighborhood (in Paris) is known for
a- buildings from the XVI I and XVIII centuries
b- modern office buildings
c- houses from the Haussmann period
d- pavilions
17- Haussmann is
a- a Parisian architect
b- a painter from Lyon
c- a banker from Lille
d- a French athelete who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games
18- The Canal of Bourgogne is
a- closed to navigation
b- used for maritime traffick
c- used for tourism
d- has been dry for 10 years
19- Wine from Bordeaux is made
a- in an AOC around Bordeaux
b- in California from French grapes
c- all over France
d- in Provence
20- French cheese is eaten primarily
a- with white wine
b- with red wine
c- with rose wine
d- with champagne
21- Dodin Bouffant is the name of a
a- famous french restaurant in Paris
b- French grand hotel
c- city in Provence
d- cheese
22- The "Tour de France" is
a- a bicycle race
b- a painting by Jibe in the Louvre
c- a temporary exhibition
d- a pilgrimage
23- The Eiffel Tower was constructed
a- with wood
b- with iron
c- with concrete
d- with iron and concrete
24- The Arc de Triomphe was made
a- in the 17th century
b- in the 18th century
c- in the 19th century
d- in the 20th century
25- The last meeting of the G7 was held in
a- Saint Tropez
b- Paris
c- Lille
d- Lyon


26- Vincent Van Gogh painted his last works
a- in Auvers Sur Oise near Paris (Ile de France)
b- in Aix en Provence (Provence)
c- in Arles (Provence)
d- in Rouen (Normandy)
27- The Cote d'Azur is found
a- in Normandy
b- in Languedoc-Roussillon
c- in Provence
d- in the Massif Central
28- The Pyrennes are found
a- only in France
b- in France and in Spain
c- in France and in Italy
d- in France and in Germany
29- What is the name of the international airport near Lyon ?
a- Satolas
b- Roissy
c- Charles de Gaulle
d- Marignanne
30- What city in the Rhone-Alpes region hosted the Olympic Games in winter of 1992 ?
a- Grenoble
b- Val Thorens
c- Courcheval
d- Albertville
31- In which department is found the famous "palais du Facteur Cheval ?"
a- Drôme
b- Isère
c- Loire
d- Ain
32- What is the exact day of the release of Beaujolais Nouveau ?
a- 15 September
b- All Saints Day
c- The third Thursday of November
d- There is no exact day
33- What is the name of the long underground passages which run beneath the houses in the oldest part of Lyon ?
a- the Andronnes
b- the traboules
c- the Magre
d- the Zymans
34- The Luberon is found in
a- Provence
b- Rhone-Alpes
c- Bourgogne
d- Belgium
35- Julien Motte is
a- a french singer
b- a paprika's lover
c- a frog eater
d- President Chirac's half brother
36- The Loire is
a- a river
b- a castle
c- a department
d- a chocolate cake
37- The "Tour de France" always finishes in
a- Marseille
b- Boulogne sur Mer
c- a different city
d- Paris
38- The Allied landing of June 1994 took place in
a- Italy
b- Normandy
c- Champagne
d- Provence
39- The French city bidding for the Olympic Games of 2004 is
a- Paris
b- Marseille
c- Lyon
d- Lille
40- The capital of the Champagne region is
a- Reims
b- Dunkerque
c- Perpignan
d- Auxerre


41- Which Roman general conquered Gaul ?
a- Scipio Africanus
b- Crassus
c- Caesar
42- Which is the ancestor of the kings of France ?
a- Odoacer
b- Merovee
c- Genseric
43- Where did Joan of Arc battle the English army ?
a- Domremy
b- Azincourt
c- Orleans
44- Which king of France bought the paintings of Leonardo de Vinci ?
a- Louis XI
b- Louis XIII
c- Francois I
45- How did Saint Louis, King of France, die ?
a- he caught a cold while attending Mass
b- he contracted the plague
c- he was killed by an assassin sent by his enemies
46- What were the last words of Louis XIV?
a- "I loved war and battle too much"
b- "What artist dies with me! "
c- "Paris, Paris martyred, Paris burned, but Paris saved!"
47- During the Revolution of 1789, Charlotte Corday, a young royalist, stabbed
a- Marat
b- Danton
c- Robespierre
48- What was the name of Napoleon's soldiers ?
a- the "Poilus"
b- the "Grognards"
c- the "Sans Culottes"
49- Which French general stopped the Germans at Verdun in 1916 ?
a- Joffre
b- Foch
c- Petain
50- Which President of the Fourth Republic was assassinated ?
a- Sadi Carnot
b- De Gaulle
c- Michel Sardou

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