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History of France Quiz

Can you name these people, places, and things from French history?
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Last updated: December 13, 2019
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First submittedApril 8, 2014
Times taken31,752
Average score70.0%
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Event won by France in
1998 and 2018
FIFA World Cup
Former colony that became
independent in 1962, after a bloody war
Algeria
Free French leader /
French President 1959-69
Charles de Gaulle
WWII capital of unoccupied France
Vichy
Golden age of 1871–1914
Belle Époque
Art movement of Monet and Renoir
Impressionism
Emperor who conquered most of
Europe in the early 1800s
Napoleon
Period of mass beheadings
Reign of Terror
Device used for painless beheading
Guillotine
Notorious prison liberated in 1789
(with just 7 prisoners inside)
Bastille
What the Montgolfier brothers invented
Hot Air Balloon
Hint
Answer
French king for 72 years
Louis XIV
Nickname of the above
The Sun King
The palace he lived in
Versailles
Royal palace in Paris,
now a museum
Louvre
Mediterranean island
annexed in 1770
Corsica
"World war" fought against
Britain and Prussia 1756–1763
Seven Years War
First minister of France who
consolidated royal power
Cardinal
Richelieu
"Great" Frankish king
crowned emperor in 800 AD
Charlemagne
Roman who conquered Gaul
Julius Caesar
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Level 89
Apr 16, 2014
I read "Notorious person liberated..." racked my brain trying to come up with someone notorious who had been inside.
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Level 68
May 2, 2014
The Marquis de Sade, as it turns out, was transferred from the Bastille to a madhouse only days before it was stormed. He may have even played a part in stirring up the crowds outside the prison in the weeks before it was liberated.
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Level 73
May 2, 2014
For a long time I pictured a mob of prisoners being liberated at the storming of the Bastille, but there actually were only 7 prisoners at the time. More symbolic of the revolution I think.
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Level ∞
Jun 27, 2020
The people who stormed the Bastille had heard rumors of people being held there in appalling conditions and were quite surprised to find only 7 prisoners inside.
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Level 68
May 2, 2014
That one was rather easy. I like it a lot because it's good for my ego :-D. Good variety of questions I think.
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Level 38
May 2, 2014
accepting just Louis for Louis XIV makes it way too easy to guess btw
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Level 84
May 2, 2014
Yeah, I also demand that "XIV" (or 14) be required :p. And it is "Cardinal de Richelieu" (and in fact, his name was Armand du Plessis ;) ).
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Level ∞
May 2, 2014
In English, he is called simply "Cardinal Richelieu".
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Level 59
Nov 20, 2019
richele.. Knew it, just couldn't spell it.
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Level 84
May 4, 2014
I think Louis is okay, but on the other hand accepting Cesar for Julius Cesar is like accepting "President" when the answer is Nixon.
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Level 84
Dec 21, 2014
Caesar is a cognomen, its exact meaning is unknown because it's believed to be of Etruscan origin, and few is known about their language. It was not part of the Julia family name, but was only used by them, under the Republic. It's true that it became a synonym of the imperial figure after this guy's glorious feats, in the same way as Augustus did.
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Level 33
May 10, 2016
No, Caesar was his cognomen and was a familial title, though later Emperors used it simply to mean Emperor as it linked them to him and added legitimacy, it was however still his name
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Level 84
Feb 7, 2017
okay then
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Level 38
Aug 6, 2014
Louis should be specified. HUGE difference between 14, 15 and 16.
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Level 60
May 2, 2014
I am super proud of myself for pulling "Vichy" out of some dark recess of my mind, managing to find the one neuron in my brain that remembered that city's name from my college history course a decade ago. :)
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Level 49
May 4, 2014
I felt the same way. I said - V, v, v, vi, Vichy! :D
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Level 78
Jul 14, 2020
Veni, vidi, vichy?
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Level 83
May 2, 2014
Great quiz!
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Level 51
May 2, 2014
De Gaulle was president when Paris was liberated as well, but left at the start of the Fourth Republic (1946)
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Level 66
May 6, 2014
I got the Mongolfier bros. question thanks to Monty Python.

I would have gotten the Cardinal Richelieu one for the same reason if I was able to spell it correctly. :P

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Level 58
Feb 7, 2017
17 out of 20
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Level 58
Feb 7, 2017
Why can't "World Cup" work for FIFA World Cup???
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Level ∞
Feb 7, 2017
It does work, of course
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Level 61
Feb 7, 2017
I love the easily guessable name of the war.
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Level 65
Feb 7, 2017
It's hard to spell "Versailles."
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Level 86
Feb 8, 2017
It wouldn't accept Cardinal "Fang".
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Level 73
Nov 20, 2018
I can't believe I tried "10 years war" for ""World war" fought against Britain and Prussia 1756-1763"... Possibly the dumbest answer I've ever tried to enter on this site.
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Level 37
Dec 15, 2018
Why, oh WHY won't you allow us to complete our answers? (e.g., DeGaul and Richelie instead of DeGaulle and Richelieu!)

Don't require the XIV for Louis, yet insist on "FIFA World Cup" in its entirety. Insanity!

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Level ∞
Jun 27, 2020
No matter how we do it people complain.
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Level 91
May 19, 2019
the montgolfier question was a breath of fresh air in the middle of this quiz
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Level 65
Jul 14, 2020
Corsica was not annexed, it was bought
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Level 46
Apr 29, 2021
why couldn't you annex a territory you buy ?
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Level 71
Jul 14, 2020
This being a quiz made by an American, I half expected to find a question about French surrendering in WWII but was pleasantly surprised not to!
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Level 48
Jul 18, 2020
I blindly entered the answer 'Marie Antoinette' and was surprised to find no matching question.
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Level 57
Jan 22, 2021
Accidentally got Charlemagne with for the Charles de Gaulle question. Surprised so few got seven years war, it was literally in the clue
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Level 72
Mar 19, 2021
When you type "Charles" to answer #3 it answers #19
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Level 46
Apr 29, 2021
well Charlemagne means "Charles the Great" so it's acceptable (Carolus Magnus)
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Level 39
Apr 12, 2022
Corsica was ceded to France in 1768, so not 1770