French History Multiple Choice

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about the history of France?
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Last updated: January 22, 2022
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1. Which of these countries was never colonized in any way by France?
Algeria
Chile
United States
Vietnam
2. How many years did Louis XIV reign as king of France?
4 ½
27
72
3. Which of these years occurred during the "Belle Époque"?
1600
1750
1900
4. Which of these was invented in France?
Airplanes
Computers
Photography
5. What were the "three estates"?
Nobility, church, people
King, guilds, land owners
Paris, the provinces, overseas territories
6. Did the Vikings ever invade France?
Yes
No
7. Which of these wars involved France?
Seven Years' War
Thirty Years' War
Hundred Years' War
All of the above
8. Which of these paintings is from the Impressionist school?
9. What is the name of the current iteration of the French government?
Second Republic
Third Republic
Fifth Republic
10. What was the name of Napoleon's first wife?
Alice
Claudette
Joséphine
Marianne
11. In which war did France suffer the most military casualties?
Algerian War
World War One
World War Two
12. Which of these people wasn't born in France?
Marie Antoinette
Jacques Chirac
Victor Hugo
Marie Antoinette was born in Austria
13. Who were the Huguenots?
Early hot air balloon explorers
Fans of Victor Hugo
French Protestants
14. Did the Arabs ever sack Paris?
Yes
No
The Arab advance was halted in 732 at the Battle of Tours
15. Did a woman ever serve as a ruling monarch of France?
Yes
No
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Level 76
Jan 23, 2022
France did colonise Brazil (source). You might want to pick another one for that question.
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Level 81
Jan 23, 2022
Exactly. I've been to São Luís, which is the city in Brazil that was founded by the French as Saint-Louis.
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Level 70
Jan 23, 2022
Nice find! I don’t think any part of Chile was ever French.
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Level ∞
Jan 23, 2022
Thank you. Fixed!
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Level 62
Jan 23, 2022
The Arab advance was halted at the Battle of Poitiers, and not Tours.
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Level 87
Jan 23, 2022
It's the same battle, known by both names.
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Level 91
Jan 24, 2022
The war question (number 7) may want to be re-worded as every answer is technically correct.
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Level 71
Feb 20, 2022
Yeah I always find "all of the above" questions unsatisfying.
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Level 73
Jan 25, 2022
I know France had territories that eventually would become the United States, but I don't recall when France occupied the United States.
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Level 50
Feb 21, 2022
Exactly. Please fix.
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Level 30
Feb 24, 2022
but they did colonize it. Britain didn't occupy the USA either, they occupied what would eventually be the United States.
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Level 70
Jan 25, 2022
About the invention of airplanes, it's funny to read both wikipedia notice's about airplane/avion (English and French) and then to examine the differences between these version :-)
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Level 58
Feb 20, 2022
Sure, at least they might avoid such questionable questions in which there are two or more answers dependending on the person.
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Level 84
Jan 28, 2022
Regarding question 15 : Technically, there was a Regence period between 1610 (Henri IV's assassination) and 1614, when Louis XIII officially came to age (at 13). In fact, it was only by 1617 that his mother Marie of Medici stepped down from her position as a Régente.
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Level ∞
Jan 28, 2022
Yes, but the question remains an unambiguous. There is a clear correct answer here.
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Level 84
Jan 28, 2022
Absolutely. The quizz is great. Chapeau bas.
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Level 77
Feb 2, 2022
For Question 5, nobility and clergy are also "people." I think "common people" or "peasantry" might be more specific
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Level 66
Feb 21, 2022
It's actually called "Third Estate", so this should be in the answer.
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Level 50
Feb 16, 2022
Please, could you change "planes" by something else, because there is clearly a debate here, with some people considering Clément Ader is at the origin of the plane. It could make the question clearer.
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Level ∞
Feb 16, 2022
No, sorry. All the other things were clearly invented in France.
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Level 58
Feb 20, 2022
Planes were invented on France, Quizmaster.
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Level 87
Feb 20, 2022
The airplanes that we think of today were clearly invented in the United States.
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Level 66
Feb 21, 2022
Then the quizz should say so. "Three-axis fixed-wing aircraft" is a proper answer, as the Wright Flyer is indisputably the first of those.

"Airplanes" is just too ambiguous. Ader's Éole took off 13 years prior to the Flyer. She had no proper control surfaces and couldn't fly more than a few dozens yards, but she qualifies as a powered fixed-wing aircraft. Then, as the Flyer and her descendants needed a catapult to take off, it can be argued that they don't strictly qualify as "powered flight". And then the first real airplane — self-powered and controlled on three axis — is the 14-bis by Santos-Dumont.

I'm not saying the airplane was invented in France, barely that no one can be affirmative about where and when it was invented. There are just too many small steps from "might be an airplane" to "is definitely an airplane".

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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2022
Using the same logic, one could just as easily claim that France didn't invent photography.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography#Precursor_technologies

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Level 44
Feb 20, 2022
Blaise Pascal invented an adding machine which is a form of computer. You might want to change that option.
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Level 66
Feb 21, 2022
I agree, this answer is not precise enough: mechanical computers existed, and the first of those was French. Should be "modern computer" or "electronic computer".
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2022
If you're going that route, the first computer was Greek.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism

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Level 70
Feb 20, 2022
Nice quiz! Fun fact: France never colonized Chile, but Orélie-Antoine de Tounens, a french citizen, proclaimed himself the King of Araucania and Patagonia (part of Chile and Argentina) in the 19th century.
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Level 41
Feb 21, 2022
I guess Catherine di Medici doesnt count cuz she was reagent?