French Quiz - August 2018

1    Which French artist who created a trio of striking paintings called Les Oiseaux on a ceiling in the Louvre, is recognised as a co-founder with Picasso of the Cubist movement?

2    Known until 1980 as the New Hebrides, what is the only sovereign nation in Oceania which counts French as one of its official languages?

3    An ‘aubade’ is traditionally a poem or song which deals with lovers parting from each other at what time of day?

4    What global intergovernmental organisation moved its headquarters in 1989 from Saint-Cloud in the suburbs of western Paris, to the Quai Charles de Gaulle in Lyon?

5    What three-letter English acronym represents an item often said to be an essential in the wardrobe of any woman, one of Coco Chanel’s most enduring contributions to the world of fashion?

6    The Statue of Liberty was designed by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, but which famous engineer was responsible for overseeing most of its construction,from 1880 onwards?

7    Which chart hit, a UK No 1 for both Elvis Presley in 1962 and UB40 in 1993, used the famous melody of the 18th century French love song Plaisir d’Amour?

8    Which key staff member in a restaurant is usually seen as the ‘second-in-command’, who has responsibility for the presentation of food and for discipline, rosters and training?

9    The name of Antoine-Augustin Parmentier is remembered in France due in large part to his championing during the late 18th century of what previously suspect foodstuff?

10    What small town on France’s Atlantic coast gives its name to the huge triangle-shaped tidal bay or ‘bassin’, which indents the otherwise straight coastline 30 miles south of Bordeaux?

11    Since 1925, the French cookware manufacturer Le Creuset has turned out its signature bright orange pots and pans made specifically from what material?

12    If you were to use the French slang term, “J’ai un petit creux” (“I have a little hollow”), what would be your most pressing problem?

13    Representing a powerful 14th century merchant guild, what appears prominently on the red field of the famous coat-of-arms of the city of Paris?

14    With what historical artefact, now housed in the British Museum, is the brilliant 19th century language expert and orientalist Jean-François Champollion most closely associated?

15    What was the name of the 2006 film which paid tribute to the arrondissements of Paris in 18 short stories by directors such as Alfonso Cuarón, the Coen Brothers and Wes Craven?

16    The two shorter courses at Le Golf National near Paris, venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup, are called Oiselet (Birdie) and Aigle (Eagle). What is the name of the Championship course?

17    Apart from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, in which other novel by Jules Verne, published four years later, does the complex character Captain Nemo appear?

18    Whose first non-playing job in football was coaching the reserve team at RC Strasbourg in 1978, while the club’s assistant manager was away on scouting missions?

19    Pasteur Institute virologists Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier, were jointly awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work on the identification of what, over 20 years earlier?

20    In texting, what is the most usual English equivalent of the French acronym DQP?

Take the first letter from the answers to the questions indicated below and rearrange the letters to spell out a famous name in French literature. When a person is the answer, use the first letter of their surname.

Questions 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16

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