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1 Which Paris landmark stands on the summit of Montmartre?
Answer: Basilique du Sacré Coeur

Montmartre is the highest point in Paris, the name 'mountain of the martyr' comes from 250 AD when the Bishop of Paris was decapitated on the hill. St Dennis became the patron saint of France. Building commenced on the 'Basilica of the Sacred Heart' in 1873. The Blessed Sacrament was placed in a monstrance above the altar in 1885 and perpetual adoration has continued uninterrupted since this time. It is built of travertine stone which continually exudes calcite which has kept the building white despite aging and Paris pollution.

The Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is located on the Ile de la Cité. It was built to house the Crown of Thorns and a fragment of The Cross.

Église de la Madeleine is a church that is built like a Greek temple in the city center. It was actually named the 'L'église de St-Marie-Madeleine' (Church of St Mary Magdalene) but it widely known as the Madeleine.
    Your options: [ Tour Eiffel ] [ Sainte-Chapelle ] [ Basilique du Sacré Coeur ] [ Église de la Madeleine ]
  From Quiz: Paris Landmarks
2 What is a sewer called in French?
Answer: Égout

The sewers are called égouts in French. Escarole is chicory and escargot is snails. Eflouge does not mean anything in French.
  From Quiz: The Sewers of Paris
3 The Parisii tribe settled Paris in the time before Christ and the city was captured by the Romans in 52 A.D. The site of the original settlement, from which all distances in France are still measured today, is where?
Answer: Île de la Cité

Easily defended from other tribes and vikings, this island in the middle of the Seine is now the home of the cathedral of Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle.
    Your options: [ Île de la Cité ] [ Arc de Triomphe du Carousel ] [ Montmartre hill ] [ Place de la Concorde ]
  From Quiz: A Walking Tour of Paris
4 Who was the director of the famous musical "An American in Paris"?
Answer: Vincente Minnelli

Vincente Minelli, who married the actress Judy Garland, is the father of Liza Minelli.
  From Quiz: All About Paris
5 The Eiffel Tower is probably one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Do you know how high it is?
Answer: between 300 and 350m

The official height of the Eiffel Tower is debatable. Figures range between 312 and 330m. The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 for the World Expo. It has three levels with shops and a restaurant, not to mention the beautiful view over Paris.
  From Quiz: It's All in Paris
6 Tours of the Paris sewers have been offered to tourists since when?
Answer: 1858

Starting in 1858, tours were given in sections of the sewer. They became very popular during the time of the author Victor Hugo due to descriptions in his stories.
  From Quiz: The Sewers of Paris
7 Returning to the Louvre, who was French head of state when the Glass Pyramid lobby was built?
Answer: Mitterrand

François Mitterrand, who was president from 1981-95, has long been rumoured to have had links to the occult.
  From Quiz: The Tourist's Paris
8 The Paris Treaty was a treaty establishing one of the European Communities. Which one?
Answer: European Coal and Steel Community

The Paris Treaty entered into force in 1952. The ECSC was the first of the three European Communities. The European Defence Community was never realised.
    Your options: [ European Coal and Steel Community ] [ European Atomic Energy Community ] [ European Economic Community ] [ European Defence Community ]
  From Quiz: All About Paris
9 The best known cemetery in Paris is called Pere Lachaise. A rather famous singer is buried here. His name is _____ ?
Answer: Jim Morrison

Pere Lachaise already existed in 1804. Many famous people chose to be buried here (the composer Chopin or the great writer Oscar Wilde for example), but the most popular grave is still the resting place of the Doors' lead singer.
  From Quiz: It's All in Paris
10 Which museum began its life as a fortress and palace?
Answer: Musée du Louvre

The Palais du Louvre (Louvre Palace) was a fortress built by Phillip II in the 12th century. Charles V turned it into a royal residence in 1546 and it remained the home of the French royal family until 1674 when Louis XIV moved his family to the Palais of Versailles. During the revolution it was decreed that the Louvre should be used to display the nations masterpieces. The Musée du Louvre is the most visited museum in the world.
    Your options: [ Musée du Luxembourg ] [ Musée d'Orsay ] [ Musée du Louvre ] [ Musée Rodin ]
  From Quiz: Paris Landmarks
11 How large are the largest tunnels that make up the Paris sewer system?
Answer: They are large enough for a subway (tube/underground) train to pass through.

The tunnels that make up the Paris sewer system are very large, many the size of a subway (tube/underground) tunnel. The central channel can hold a boat while on both sides are paved walkways.
  From Quiz: The Sewers of Paris
12 The Champs-Elysées is Paris' most famous street, lined with trendy stores, restaurants and nightclubs. At one end stands Napoleon Bonaparte's famous Arc de Triomphe. What marks the other end?
Answer: Place de la Concorde

This square held the guillotine that executed Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the revolutionaries Danton and Robespierre. It is now home to a 23-metre high obelisk from Egypt.
  From Quiz: The Tourist's Paris
13 From the Place des Vosges, we walk up the Rue Turenne, and dash into a side street which puts us in front of the museum of a famous artist. What is the namesake of this museum?
Answer: Picasso

This 17th Century mansion, opened as the Musée Picasso in 1986, got its start by bequeathing many of Picasso's works inherited by the French government in lieu of the "death tax".
    Your options: [ Picasso ] [ Monet ] [ Rodin ] [ Mondrian ]
  From Quiz: A Walking Tour of Paris
14 The ancient name of Paris - Lutetia Parisiorum - takes after a tribe called Parisii, who settled there. This tribe was of ____ origin.
Answer: Celtic

The modern Paris was the capital of the Parisii, a Celtic tribe during the time of the Roman Empire.
    Your options: [ Celtic ] [ Slavonic ] [ German ] [ British ]
  From Quiz: All About Paris
15 Ok, so you've arrived safely, you've got some money, now you need to head to your hotel. How will you recognise a Parisian taxi?
Answer: They all have a roof sign saying 'Taxi Parisien'

You had better have nerves of steel! Be prepared to be driven very quickly, without much attention to such things as traffic lights or pedestrians. It's all part of the fun though.
  From Quiz: Enjoy Your Trip to Paris
16 This major Paris square was the site of the guillotine during the French Revolution.
Answer: Place de la Concorde

The Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris covering 20 acres. It was originally called the Place de le Louis XV when a large statue of the king was placed there, in 1763, after he recovered from a serious illness. In 1792, during the French revolution, the statue was removed and replaced with another called 'Libertie' and it became known as the Place de la Révolution. A guillotine was placed in the square and 1119 people were beheaded there, including Louis XVI and Marie-Antionette. It had several more names before becoming the Place de la Concorde in 1830.

The Place de la Bastille was built at the site of the demolished Bastille prison. The Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris with many historic buildings. Place Vendôme is a prestigious square originally created to honour the armies of Louis XIV.
    Your options: [ Place Vendôme ] [ Place des Vosges ] [ Place de la Concorde ] [ Place de la Bastille ]
  From Quiz: Paris Landmarks
17 Which flower is called the "Paris daisy"?
Answer: marguerite

The word "marguerite" is of French origin. Marguerite is also a female name, French form of Margaret.
  From Quiz: All About Paris
18 Why was the bridge 'Pont Neuf' so popular when it was inaugurated in 1604?
Answer: People could see the Seine flowing underneath

The Pont Neuf was the first modern bridge in Paris. Not only was its design and size very different from the previous bridges in Paris, but it was also the first bridge without shops and markets. Before the Pont Neuf, people in Paris were never able to really see the Seine flowing underneath a bridge because of the various sheds and shops on the bridges. That's why the inhabitants of Paris liked to come to the Pont Neuf: to watch their beloved Seine. The Pont Neuf still remains one of Paris' most famous bridges. The artist Christo for example, completely wrapped it in 1985.
  From Quiz: It's All in Paris
19 The length of the sewer system in Paris was about how many miles long in 2000?
Answer: Over 1000 miles

As the 21st century began the sewers extended for over 1000 miles.
  From Quiz: The Sewers of Paris
20 In the district surrounding the basilica of Sacre Coeur you can find an area where there are many artists wanting to paint your picture. What is this district called?
Answer: Montmartre

The square is always stuffed to the gills with painters of varying styles and skills. The more aggressive ones corner you and start to draw you. Refuse payment at your own risk.
  From Quiz: The Tourist's Paris
21 The famous French actress Catherine Deneuve recorded a song called "Paris, Paris" together with whom?
Answer: Malcolm McLaren

The song was recorded in 1994. Malcolm McLaren was the one time manager of the famous punk group "Sex Pistols".
  From Quiz: All About Paris
22 What is the name of the famous cathedral in Paris, on the Île de la Cité?
Answer: Notre Dame

Initiated by Bishop Maurice de Sully in 1160, it was not completed until the fourteenth century. It was constructed on the site of a basilica dating from the fourth century, which was itself built on the site of a Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter. Its gothic gargoyles, facade, and carved portals make it one of the best examples of the metamorphosis from Roman to gothic style in European architectural history as the original plans for Notre-Dame followed the location's proceeding edifices. Before the renovation in the nineteenth century, Notre-Dame had become so dilapidated that animals were sheltered there by nearby inhabitants, something hard to imagine today. You must climb 386 steps to reach the top of the tower of Notre-Dame but the view is worth it. The last stairs are wooden, and they take you to the massive bronze bell in the tower.
  From Quiz: It's All in Paris
23 At which monument would you find 'The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier'?
Answer: Arc de Triomphe

The Arch of Triumph was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 after his victory at Austerlitz but wasn't completed until 1836 during Louis-Philippe's reign. The arch is adorned with many reliefs and has 30 shields with the names of Napoleon's successful battles. It also lists the names of 558 generals from the Napoleonic wars. Under the Arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War. The body was interred here on Armistice day in 1920, the eternal flame that was lit was the first lit in Europe since 391 when the Vestal Virgin's fire was extinguished. It burns in memory of all the dead that were never identified in both world wars. The tomb carries the inscription (in French): "Here lies a French soldier who died for his fatherland 1914-1918".

The Fontaine des Innocents is a fountain built on the site of an old children's cemetery 'Cimetière des Innocents'.
    Your options: [ Tour Eiffel ] [ Fontaine des Innocents ] [ Arc de Triomphe ] [ Panthéon ]
  From Quiz: Paris Landmarks
24 Who redesigned the Paris sewer system in 1850 along with engineer Baron Haussmann to keep up with the swollen population ?
Answer: Eugène Belgrand

Engineer Eugène Belgrand redesigned the system along with the help of Baron Haussmann. Baron Haussmann had the title "Prefect for the Seine" and it was his responsiblity for the engineering. He created separate underground passages for drinking water and sewage using iron piping and digging techniques made possible by the Industrial Revolution.
  From Quiz: The Sewers of Paris
25 This famous Irish writer has a tomb in Paris which bears a sculpture of a person with wings. Name the writer.
Answer: Oscar Wilde

Wilde was a writer whose immensely popular works include "The Picture of Dorian Gray", "An Ideal Husband" and "The Importance of Being Earnest".
    Your options: [ Oscar Wilde ] [ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ] [ Lord Byron ] [ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ]
  From Quiz: The Tourist's Paris
26 Who starred as Jeanne in the notorious movie "Last Tango in Paris"?
Answer: Maria Schneider

The movie was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The part of Paul was played by Marlon Brando.
  From Quiz: All About Paris
27 In front of the Louvre museum, a rather contemporary construction can be seen. What is it exactly?
Answer: A pyramid

Since the late 18th century, when the Louvre was first opened to the public, this world-famous museum has ranked high on most visitors' lists of 'things to see in Paris.' Recent renovations, coupled with I. M. Pei's impressive glass pyramid have given the Louvre a more contemporary look. Parisians and visitors from around the world flocked in record numbers to the grand inauguration ceremonies in December 1993 of the 'New Louvre'.
  From Quiz: It's All in Paris
28 Which landmark was built in 1889 for celebrations marking the centennial of the revolution?
Answer: Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the World Exhibition celebrating the French Revolution of 1789. It was built by Gustave Eiffel who only had a permit for the tower to stand for twenty years but, as it proved valuable as a communications tower, the city decided to let it remain. It stands on the Champs de Mars, beside the Seine and was the tallest structure in the world until 1930. The lift cables were cut by the French in 1940 during Nazi occupation so that Hitler would have to climb the steps to the summit, which he never did. It was said that Hitler may have conquered France but he did not conquer the Eiffel Tower.

The Colonne de Juillet (July Column) is in the Place de la Bastille, it commemorates the July revolution in 1830 in which Charles X was replaced with Louis-Phillipe. The Obélisque de Luxor is an obelisk from the temple of Ramses II presented to France from Egypt.
    Your options: [ Arc de Triomphe ] [ Colonne de Juillet ] [ Tour Eiffel ] [ Obélisque de Luxor ]
  From Quiz: Paris Landmarks
29 Paris is the seat of an important international organisation - which one?
Answer: OECD

OECD is an acronym for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It was founded in 1961 and succeeded the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC), which had been set up in 1948 to coordinate the Marshall Plan for European economic recovery after World War II.
    Your options: [ OECD ] [ FAO ] [ UNICEF ] [ OEEC ]
  From Quiz: All About Paris
30 Close to the Hotel de Ville in the Beaubourg-quarter, an art center was constructed in the 1970s. Its name is _________ ?
Answer: Centre Pompidou

After five years of construction, the Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou was inaugurated by the French president, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, on January 31, 1977. Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini, the architects of the Centre Georges Pompidou, designed this building to be an 'expandable spatial diagram'. The building is very colorful because of the utility shafts that are attached to the outside of the building, which are painted in four colors (blue: air {conditioning;} green: water {circuits;} yellow: electrical {conduits;} red: circulation and security)
  From Quiz: It's All in Paris
31 Where would you find the tombs of Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille and other national heroes?
Answer: Panthéon

Construction of the Panthéon, meaning "All the Gods", began in 1757 and took 34 years to complete. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve but was changed to a mausoleum for great Frenchmen during the revolution. It now has liturgical services and the crypt contains the vaults of France's great public figures. These are more the great intellectuals, military heroes are buried in Les Invalides and both require a parliamentary act to allow burial within them. A large official ceremony in 2002 reburied the remains of Alexandre Dumas in the pantheon 132 years after his death.

Père-Lachaise Cemetery also has many well known inhabitants, including Jim Morrison from "The Doors". The Catacombs lie beneath Paris and the first remains were placed in them in Aug 1788. This occurred when a decision was made to move all the cemeteries outside the city limits to avoid the health problems they were causing.
  From Quiz: Paris Landmarks
32 How is the basilica Sacre Coeur mainly accessible?
Answer: Stairs

A huge staircase leads up to the distinctive three domes of the white basilica?
  From Quiz: The Tourist's Paris
33 A distinguished Polish film director, who won "Palme d'Or" at the Cannes International Film Festival this year (2002), was born in Paris. Do you know who I am talking about?
Answer: Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski won the Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival to begin with. His "Knife in the Water" was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film. He made his English-language debut with "Repulsion" (1964), starring Catherine Deneuve, and then made "Cul-de-Sac" (1965), which won the Best Picture prize at the Berlin Film Festival. His "Chinatown" won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for eleven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. His latest film, "Pianist", won "Palme d´Or" at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2002.
  From Quiz: All About Paris
34 A little known gem amongst the many fascinating places in Paris, is the Cluny Museum. Here you can see the stunning medieval work of art known as "The Lady and the Unicorn". What is this?
Answer: a tapestry

In fact, "The Lady and the Unicorn" is a sequence of six huge tapestries, that have been beautifully preserved. They were woven in Flanders around 1500. You will not regret a visit to Cluny; as well as the tapestries you can see ancient Roman baths, medieval illuminated manuscripts and other art from the Middle Ages. Incidentally, look very carefully at the Gryffindor common room in the Harry Potter films - they have the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry there! (Or perhaps a copy...)
  From Quiz: Enjoy Your Trip to Paris
35 This building was the prison in which Marie Antoinette was held prior to her execution.
Answer: Conciergerie

The Conciergerie is on the Île de la Cité. It was originally a Merovingian palace until the 10th century when it became the home of the medieval kings of France. It was expanded and heavily fortified during this time. The early Valois kings stayed there but then moved the royal seat over to the Louvre in 1358. It continued to be the house of the French parliament until 1391 when it was converted for use as a prison. Its occupants were a mixture of common criminals and political prisoners. During the French Revolution it was home to the Tribunal who decided who was innocent and who was given a death sentence. In just over 2 years it sent nearly 2600 prisoners to the guillotine.

The Bastille is the prison that was stormed on 14 July 1789 that marked the beginning of the revolution. The Collège de Sorbonne was founded in 1257 as one of the first colleges in the University of Paris. Over the years it has changed structures and names but the name has always been synonymous with learning.
    Your options: [ Louvre ] [ Sorbonne ] [ Conciergerie ] [ Bastille ]
  From Quiz: Paris Landmarks
36 Emmanuel Bruneseau found a number of interesting items while mapping the Paris Sewers. What did he find?
Answer: Both of these

Emmanuel Bruneseau mapped the entire sewer system which had grown in all directions. After the initial design the system grew without a detailed map being kept. He found some strange items including the above.
  From Quiz: The Sewers of Paris
37 What is "Paris green"?
Answer: poisonous powder

Paris green is a very poisonous, bright green powder that was formerly used as a pigment (e.g. in wallpaper); it is sometimes used as an insecticide or to kill plant fungi.
  From Quiz: All About Paris
38 In France, the two last numbers on the car's license plates indicated the region where the car has been registered. What was the number for Paris?
Answer: 75

The whole of France was subdivided in regions. Every region had its number, and in Paris, it was 75.
  From Quiz: It's All in Paris
39 What palace is the Paris opera house that was made famous in "The Phantom of the Opera"?
Answer: Palais Garnier

The Opéra de Paris Garnier was designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style. It opened in 1875 and was officially named 'Académie Nationale de Musique - Théâtre de l'Opéra', the title was changed in 1978 to 'Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris' and then the opera company moved to the new Opéra Bastille when it was built in 1989. It is now known as Palais Opéra or Palais Garnier. Work on the opera house actually began in 1862 but an underground lake was discovered during construction which held the process up. The lake remains under the building which is the Phantom's lair in "The Phantom of the Opera."

The Palais Bourbon was home to the daughter of Louis XIV. It is now the French parliaments lower house. The Palais Royal was built by Cardinal Richelieu in 1630, he gave the palace to Louis XIII. It currently houses the Ministry of Culture. The Grand Palais was built for the 1900 World Fair, it's most distinguished feature is its glass roof. It is now a public exhibition hall and a venue for events.
  From Quiz: Paris Landmarks
40 Paris' famous Eiffel Tower is named after the engineer whose company was responsible for its construction. Give his first name.
Answer: Gustave

Gustave Eiffel designed Paris' best known landmark. Construction began in 1887, and the tower now stands 300m tall. Stephen Sauvestre as the architect who added artistic designs to the engineering plans of Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier, engineers who came up with the original design idea for the tower.
    Your options: [ Gustave ] [ Jacques ] [ Pierre ] [ François ]
  From Quiz: The Tourist's Paris
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