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French Scholars Bowl 90-180
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What is the strong alcoholic drink taken after a meal?
"Digestif" or "pousse-café"
What food is traditionally eaten on Chandeleur, le 2 février?
What is the main style of Architecture of French cathedrals built in the 13th century?
What is the French term for cotton candy?
Barbe à papa
What chocolate company originally began in Switzerland enjoys large sales in America with products
like the "Crunch" bar?
What French performer is recognized as the world's foremost mime artist?
What artist spent time painting in Tahiti?
Which of the following countries is not Francophone? Haiti, le Niger, L'Allemagne, la Martinique
The Place Denfert-Rochereau in Paris commemorates the heroic resistance of the city of Belfort
during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870-71 by featuring a large statue of what animal?
What did the French Constitution establish for women in 1946?
equal pay for equal work
What was the Bastille?
a fortress or prison
What did Henri Desgranges originate in 1903?
le Tour de France
Who wrote Le Rouge et Le Noir?
Mme de Staël personified what literary movement "in her person, in her life and in her work"?
What popular comic book series did Goscinny and Uderzo create?
Which of the following works was NOT written by Victor Hugo? Madame Bovary, Hernani, Les Misérables, Notre Dame de Paris
What famous French author wrote Les Misérables?
Which of the following writers is not of the 20th century? Albert Camus, André Gide, Marcel Proust, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
What French author who wrote Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme was known as 'the Shakespeare of
What is the most famous French "chanson de geste"?
La Chanson de Roland
Which poet is the most famous representative of provençal literature?
Born François Marie Arouet, this Frenchman is better known by what name instead?
What was so important about Madame de Lafayette's book, La Princesse de Clèves?
Her book was considered the first historical novel.
Her style of writing was different as well
What novelist wrote a long roman-fleuve depicting life and problems of 19th century French
Honoré de Balzac
What is the date of la Fête du Travail or Labor Day in France?
From which French book comes the following line: "Il faut cultiver notre jardin"?
This unofficial holiday is on the 25th of November. It is celebrated by unmarried women age 25, who
wear old-fashioned bonnets made of paper, lace, and ribbons. What is the holiday?
La Fête de Sainte-Catherine
Name the pilot who became a famous 20th century author of La Terre des Hommes?
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Who is responsible for the famous statement "J'accuse"?
Name the French poet of "la Belle Epoque" who was a major proponent of cubism and whose
poetry reflected "la Belle Epoque". One of his poems is entitled "Clair de Lune".
Who wrote l'Étranger?
Who is the author of Madame Bovary?
What is the name of the predominant young female character in Les Misérables?
What French writer, called "The Father of the short story", wrote seven volumes of short stories?
(Guy de) Maupassant
Pierre Corneille, the first great classical writer of tragedy, stressed the importance of the will, self-control, honor, and freedom. His major tragedies include all of the following except...
Le Cid, Cinna, Don Juan (Molière), Horace
Don Juan (Molière)
Who is the author of La Cigale et la Fourmi?
(Jean de) La Fontaine
What is the profession of Simone de Beauvoir?
Who was called "Le bon roi"?
What is the custom on Labor Day in France?
The custom is to visit your friends and neighbors on May 1st and give each of them a sprig of lily of the valley (un brin de muguets) for good luck, wishing them happiness.
What is the French term for the Lenten period of 40 days between Mardi Gras and Easter?
What do the French call New Year's Day?
La Jour de l'An
What is the general term for an alcoholic drink designed to stimulate the appetite?
Which French explorer discovered the Mississippi River?
"Poutine" is a very popular dish enjoyed by French Canadians. What is it?
French fries with gravy and cheese
What French inventor, blind at the age of three, went on to create a system of writing used by the
What is the name of the grape brandy distilled from wine?
Personifying the French Republic, her bust is in every mayor's office in France. Who is she?
What event was responsible for eliminating approximately one-third of the French population in
the mid-fourteenth century?
The Black Death
What French Romantic painted Liberty Leading the People?
What is the name given to a type of mayonnaise made with olive oil and garlic?
The French call it football, we call it...
What is the name of the French equivalent to Santa Claus?
le Père Noël
In other areas of the United States they are known as mudbugs, ditchbugs, or crawdads; in
Louisiana, they are known as...
During this time period, French church bells do not ring. Parents sometimes tell their children that
the bells fly to Rome and drop the candy eggs when they returned. What is this time period?
Good Friday to Easter
What French politician said it was difficult to rule a country having 365 different cheeses.
Charles de Gaulle
In France, one would call it "un raisin"; in the US one would call it a...
What word comes from the name of the French diplomat who introduced tobacco to France?
Nicotine (Jean Nicot)
In a French hotel, what is the abbreviation on the elevator button that takes you to the ground
floor or lobby?
Where does the Festival of Cinema take place?
In the Mardi Gras celebration in Nice flowers and confetti are thrown from the floats. What is this
La Bataille des Fleurs
Name the scientist who discovered the serum to cure diphtheria.
What drink is known as "l'eau-de-vie?"
Who was the head of the modern school of architecture who searched for new solutions for urban
In Cajun cooking, what is a roux?
A brown sauce
What was the profession of Brigitte Bardot?
A movie star
Who was the court musician of Louis XIV?
Who was the foremost composer of "opéra bouffe"?
. Which French composer wrote Clair de Lune?
Which French artist is famous for painting ballet dancers and horse races?
What does the phrase "passer une nuit blanche" mean in English?
To spend a sleepless night, or pull an all-nighter
In what museum can one find the Vénus de Milo?
Mastering the human form in both bronze and marble, this sculptor's most widely recognized piece
of work is entitled "Le Penseur". Name the sculptor.
Which 19th century impressionist is known for the style pointillism?
What architect of Louis XIV constructed the palace of Versailles?
Mansard or Le Vau (both answers acceptable)
Which French impressionist resided at Giverny?
The Sainte-Chapelle is a masterpiece of what period of architecture?
In what year was the pyramid in front of the Louvre built?
What is the name of ball game the French Basques play in southwestern France?
La pelote (pelota)
What is le Tiercé?
Horse race betting
What region of France is famous for its butter?
What city is known for its fine porcelain and enamel?
"Un mas" is a traditional house in what region?
Which nomadic group, also known as "les gens du voyage" were thought to have come originally,
but mistakenly, from Egypt?
Les gitans (or gypsies)
What French engineer was in charge of the construction of the Suez Canal?
Ferdinand de Lesseps
What is needed for the traditional Normand custom called "le trou normand"?
Calvados or Calva
True or False: Thomas Jefferson was a representative to France.
What French explorer discovered the Mississippi?
Which President of the United States appointed and later dismissed Pierre L'Enfant to design
Who was the aide-de-camp of George Washington?
(Marquis de) La Fayette
What is the name of the "semolina" used in a basic meal in Algeria and Morocco?
In what year did the French middle class stage a sit-down strike that shut down the country for a
month and almost forced Charles de Gaulle out of office?
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