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French Literature 842 - 1980
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It may not be a literary work in the strict sense of the word, but what is generally regarded as the first piece of writing in French?
The Sequence of St Eulalia
The Song of Roland
The Life of Saint Alexis
The Strasbourg Oaths
Which celebrated medieval poem is the work of the Norman poet Béroul?
La Chanson de Roland
Le Roman de Tristan
Aucassin et Nicolette
Renaud de Montauban
Born in Paris in 1431, he became a Master of Arts of the university. He was pardoned for the manslaughter of a cleric in 1455, and left Paris in 1456 after being involved in a robbery. Returning to the city about 1462, after various scrapes in the provinces, he was soon in trouble again, and was sentenced to death in 1463 for involvement in the killing of a notary. He was reprieved and exiled, after which we hear no more of him. His most notable poems are the "Lais" and the "Testament". What was his name?
Guillaume de Lorris
Jean de Meung
In the works of François Rabelais, what is the name of the giant who is the son of Grandgousier and the father of Pantagruel?
Generally regarded as the leading poet of the school known as the Pléiade, this man is perhaps best remembered for the poem "À Cassandre", beginning "Mignonne, allons voir si la rose". Who was he?
Joachim du Bellay
Pontus de Tyard
Which of the following plays is not by Pierre Corneille?
Jean Racine is celebrated for his tragedies, but he also produced a comedy satirizing the law. What was it called?
Which of Molière's plays is an attack on religious hypocrisy?
L'École des Femmes
L'École des Maris
"We are all strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others". "The only thing that should surprise us is that we can still be surprised". "We are never so fortunate nor so unfortunate as we think we are". These are among the 600-odd "Maxims" of which 17th-century writer?
What is the title of Voltaire's satire on the philosophy of optimism, i.e. the doctrine that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds"?
Which of Victor Hugo's plays has a preface which has been described as the manifesto of Romanticism?
Le Roi s'amuse
"Vingt Ans Après" By Alexandre Dumas the Elder is a sequel to which of his other novels?
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Le Collier de la Reine
La Reine Margot
La Dame de Monsoreau
Prosper Mérimée wrote a novella set in Spain which was the inspiration for an opera by Bizet. The novella and the opera have the same title, which is ...?
(One Word - 6 letters)
In the title of Stendhal's novel "Le Rouge et le Noir", what do red and black symbolize?
The army and the church
Day and night
Hope and despair
Life and death
Who was the author of "Les Fleurs du Mal", a collection of poems which enjoyed a "succès de scandale" when it was published in the 1850s?
Alfred de Vigny
Alfred de Musset
Colette's earliest novels, the "Claudine" tetralogy, were written in collaboration with her husband and originally published under his pen-name. What was the pen-name?
Which is the first volume in Proust's "roman-fleuve" "À la recherche du temps perdu"?
"Du côté de chez Swann"
"Le côté de Guermantes"
"À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs"
"Sodome et Gomorrhe"
In one of Ionesco's plays the central character, Bérenger, has to defend his humanity in a world in which everyone is turning into a particular species of animal. Which animal?
What was the nationality of Georges Simenon, the creator of the Parisian detective Maigret?
Which writer was the first woman to be elected to the Académie Française?
Simone de Beauvoir
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