Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2016


I’ve compiled a French Christmas quiz every year since 2011. To see the others, click here.

First, let me wish all my readers Season’s Greetings. Thank you for following my blog this year and for your stimulating comments and emails, which I always enjoy reading. Thank you also for the many Tweets and shares on Facebook.

Here’s my annual Christmas gift to you. The 6th edition of the Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz, something for your intellect to feast on after the Christmas feast: 20 questions on aspects of French culture, politics, history, gastronomy, geography, etc. Three multiple choice answers are given for each question – but beware, there are some trick questions and more than one answer might be correct. 

The rules:

  • Try to answer without using the internet if you can – it doesn’t always give the right answer, anyway. You are, however, authorised to search this blog for some of the answers.
  • Please don’t post up your answers in the comments section below – it spoils it for everyone else.
  • Don’t take it too seriously; it’s all in fun.
  • There are no prizes – virtue is its own reward.
  • I will provide the correct answers on Friday 30th December, so you have a week to puzzle over it.

I hope you enjoy doing it as much as I enjoy compiling it – although it’s getting harder to find questions that I haven’t already posed in previous years!

1 What is un petit gris?

a) A type of edible snail
b) A breed of cat
c) How you feel the day after the office party

2 Who was elected in the recent primaries to be the candidate for the right in next May’s presidential elections?

a) Nicolas Sarkozy
b) François Fillon
c) François Hollande

3 What is the traditional motif on a Laguiole knife?

a) A wild boar
b) A snake
c) A bee

4 What do you do with tablier de sapeur?

a) Wear it?
b) Eat it?
c) Make boots with it?

5 What was the first name of Napoléon Bonaparte’s mother?

a) Lutetia
b) Lucretia
c) Letizia

6 Which of the following maillots (jerseys) is not awarded during the annual Tour de France cycle race?

a) Green
b) Yellow and black striped
c) Polka dot

7 What is un trou normand?

a) A glass of Calvados drunk as a mid-meal digestif
b) A natural depression in the ground
c) A sleazy nightclub

8 Of which famous historical site did President François Hollande recently inaugurate a replica?

a) The Lascaux caves
b) The Palace of Versailles
c) The Louvre

9 If someone “vous pose un lapin”,  are they

a) Not telling the truth?
b) Failing to turn up for a rendezvous?
c) Lumbering you with an unwanted task?

10 What is une auberge espagnole?

a) An inn under Spanish ownership
b) Where you bring your own food
c) Where the food is reputed to be terrible

11 What is un mendiant?

a) A beggar
b) A confection topped with fruit and nuts
c) A medical student

12 Which of the following French regions was not amalgamated into a new jumbo region on 1st January 2016? 

a) Midi-Pyrénées
b) PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
c) Auvergne 

13 Which of these rivers originating in France is the longest? 

a) La Seine
b) La Dordogne
c) La Loire

14 Which aspect of French culture was awarded World Heritage Status in 2010?

a) Gastronomy
b) The Impressionist movement
c) Fashion

15 What is a poisson d’Avril?

a) A sparse Lenten meal
b) An April fool trick
c) An untrustworthy person

16 Which animals are you not permitted to carry on the TGV (high speed train)?

a) Snakes
b) Snails
c) Tortoises

17 How many time zones are there in France (including its overseas territories)?

a) 4
b) 9
c) 12

18 Who said, “Le vin est la partie intellectuelle d’un repas (wine is the intellectual part of the meal)?

a) Alexandre Dumas
b) Gérard Dépardieu
c) Charles de Gaulle

19 Which is said to be the longest street in France?

a) L’avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris
b) La rue Sainte-Catherine in Bordeaux
c) Le cours Napoléon in Ajaccio

20 If you want to wish someone good luck before a performance, what should you say?

a) Merde!
b) Bon courage!
c) Sacré bleu!

Regalez-vous (not an answer to 20 above)!

If this isn’t enough for you, you’ll find the previous five editions here.

Merry Christmas!

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  1. Whatto! We are just settling down to give this a go with a little glass of something rather nice and we raise it to you both and wish you the most joyous of days and a peaceful festive season.

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