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41 French History quizzes and 460 French History trivia questions.
Dont Be Gaulled about French History
  Don't Be "Gaul"led about French History   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the period of the Merovingian Frankish dynasty that ruled from 475-750 AD. Come learn a little more about this interesting piece of French history!
Easier, 10 Qns, stephgm67, Mar 26 22
stephgm67 gold member
Mar 26 22
392 plays
  L'Histoire de la France Moderne   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Modern French History
This quiz focuses on the period in French history from 1848 to more recent times. Bonne chance!
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Apr 14 23
rossian editor
Apr 14 23
266 plays
  A Short History of France (AD1500-2000)   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
French poet Joachim du Bellay said this: "France, mother of arts, of warfare, and of laws." Agree or not, one cannot deny that France has shaped the course of European history. Take this fifteen-question quiz and discover how. Amusez-vous!
Easier, 15 Qns, snediger, May 02 12
3155 plays
  A Short History of France (AD 500-1500)   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
French poet Joachim du Bellay said this: "France, mother of arts, of warfare, and of laws." Enjoy this ten-question quiz about the founding and development of early France, a mainstay in the history of Europe.
Easier, 10 Qns, snediger, Dec 05 12
2565 plays
  French Revolutionary Symbols editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a quiz on some of the symbols and events of the 1789 revolution, particularly those that are still ever-present in today's French Republic.
Tough, 10 Qns, Bruyere, Sep 22 23
Bruyere editor
Sep 22 23
6222 plays
  Facing the Guillotine   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A bloody execution style indeed. Come and find out about the victims of the guillotine during the French Revolution, and the instrument that sent them to their fate!
Average, 10 Qns, exceller, May 31 21
exceller gold member
May 31 21
2753 plays
  French History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Attention Francophiles! If you like this quiz, try something even more challenging such as Marie Antoinette - The Tragic Queen or The French Revolution.
Average, 10 Qns, vendome, Oct 29 19
Oct 29 19
6852 plays
  Napoleon's Symbols of Power   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is inspired by an exhibition has been seen at the St. Louis Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
Tough, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Apr 05 10
ponycargirl editor
1370 plays
  History of Paris   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Paris has a long, rich history that is difficult to squeeze into a fifteen question quiz. This quiz covers a wide range of Parisian history from its founding to the present day.
Average, 15 Qns, Joepetz, Aug 04 17
Joepetz gold member
Aug 04 17
704 plays
  NonParisian French History   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Histories of France often feature the stories of kings and queens and highlight what happened in Paris. This author challenge quiz looks at the history of other parts of the country. You don't have to be a history buff to find the answers.
Easier, 10 Qns, pitegny, Jun 09 19
pitegny gold member
Jun 09 19
424 plays
trivia question Quick Question
In 1789, a group of people stormed the Bastille. What was the Bastille?

From Quiz "The French Revolution"

  The History of Marseille   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
As a port city, Marseille served as a stopping point for foreign powers seeking to enter the rest of Europe. This quiz covers thousands of years of history from the city's
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jun 15 15
Joepetz gold member
524 plays
  Vive la France! The Revolution    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The French Revolution is considered the turning point into modern government and one of the most influential revolutions in history. How much do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, voilaviola, Dec 19 08
2292 plays
  Basics of the French Revolution    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers the most basic questions on the French Revolution. It does also have some tougher ones, too.
Average, 10 Qns, rudyfan04, Nov 11 20
Nov 11 20
2791 plays
  Vichy editor best quiz   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about a sad chapter in modern French history, and was a very difficult time for most Frenchmen. Let's make it easy for you!
Tough, 10 Qns, Oblomov, Jun 18 23
Jun 18 23
3263 plays
  Les Escargots' "French Firsts"!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Enjoy some historical French 'Firsts' with the Les Escargots team! Fonty snail discovers an ancient diary hidden in an old potting shed, written by his ancestor, Le Duc de Lettuce. Some of the papers are damaged. Can you help us fill in the gaps?
Average, 10 Qns, fontenilles, Oct 24 14
1771 plays
  French Revolution - 'Horrible History' Style    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about interesting little tidbits that they never tell you in school. Note that some of these answers are pretty gory, and you may wish to bypass this quiz if you are faint-hearted.
Average, 10 Qns, Trouble325, Jul 13 13
2672 plays
  The French Revolution Test    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The French Revolution is one of the most important events in French and World History. This is a quiz over some of its events and key people.
Average, 10 Qns, exceller, Mar 20 17
exceller gold member
2519 plays
  French History in Roman Numerals    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In this quiz, you are given ten years in which significant events of French history occurred. The first date is BC, the other nine AD. You are asked questions about the events that happened in the given years. Enjoy!
Easier, 10 Qns, DeepHistory, Jul 14 16
DeepHistory gold member
831 plays
  Average The French Revolution Trivia    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know, or think you know, about the French Revolution? Find out by taking this quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, buddy1, Aug 12 12
buddy1 gold member
2607 plays
  Take this The French Revolution Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The details of the French Revolution and how it shaped the present day France. If you like this quiz, try French History, The Palace of Versailles, Marie Antoinette, and Lotsa Louis'.
Tough, 10 Qns, vendome, Dec 07 16
4556 plays
  French Revolution and Napoleon    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
This quiz contains questions on the French Revolution and Napoleon. Good luck!
Average, 25 Qns, Getzen, Oct 29 19
Oct 29 19
4462 plays
  The Ghosts of Versailles   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These ghosts of historical importance to Versailles are said to be still visible. Who were they?
Tough, 10 Qns, vendome, Dec 10 12
2988 plays
  Scandal: The Dreyfus Affair   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This is a quiz on an infamous miscarriage of justice which spanned more than a decade and deeply divided French society. You may be surprised. Enjoy.
Average, 15 Qns, fiachra, Dec 21 05
2077 plays
  The French Revolution: 15 Questions    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz is on the French Revolution (1789).
Average, 15 Qns, Bluangl2, Feb 02 13
3608 plays
  The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A glorious time for France, followed by not such a glorious time. How much do you know about the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars?
Average, 10 Qns, Aardvarkbanana, Apr 03 14
819 plays
  The History of Paris: Medieval Times to 1900    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz covers the places and personalities which were instrumental in making the history of the city of Paris from the 12th century to 1900. Enjoy!
Tough, 15 Qns, belleepoque, Jul 22 07
1227 plays
  Oh là là! French Glitz and Glamour    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A light and entertaining account of how it all came about.
Tough, 10 Qns, russalka, May 28 15
538 plays
  Duke of Bedford's Regency in France 1422-35    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
John Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford became regent of France (unless you're an Armagnac supporter) after the deaths of his brother Henry V of England and Charles V1 of France. Join me in a jaunt into Northern France during this period.
Average, 10 Qns, Mugaboo, May 22 10
Mugaboo gold member
447 plays
  French Revolutionary Job Applications   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you tell me, based on the piece(s) of a job application, which French Revolutionary figure's job application I'm reading? Happy quizzing and Vive la Revolution!
Difficult, 10 Qns, merylfederman, Feb 15 12
merylfederman gold member
651 plays
  Famous Defeats of the French    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You cannot win them all. So even the French, who more or less invented the essence of knighthood, chivalry, etc., had their "Waterloos". Check your knowledge about their less splendid moments.
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Sep 15 08
1379 plays
  The Palace of Versailles    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Find out the details of the most opulent and magnificent palace ever constructed.
Tough, 10 Qns, vendome, Apr 20 07
1646 plays
  Odd Facts From French History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Odd things happen in history. Which of these statements are historic fact and which are fiction? You have one chance out of two to guess right, because you can answer with F (False) or T (True).
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Sep 09 04
2169 plays
  The Real Man in the Iron Mask    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"The Man in the Iron Mask" has been the subject of many books, mainly because nobody ever saw his face, which was hidden by a mask.
Tough, 10 Qns, zippolover, Feb 11 13
429 plays
  History of Burgundy    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Burgundy was certainly more than just a province of the Kingdom of France. For a long time it was a rival to the power of that Kingdom. The quiz starts with the Romans and goes up to the present-day.
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Aug 03 01
656 plays
  General French History    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Covers a lot of ground and subjects
Tough, 20 Qns, nappynapoleon, May 05 11
3036 plays
  France: Roman Empire - Modern Times    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz should pose no problem to anyone up on their French history.
Average, 10 Qns, dj2005, Sep 24 09
2259 plays
  Harlem in Montmartre: The French Jazz Age    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Post WWI Paris opened its arms to African American musicians, artists and writers. They flocked to France to escape segregation and bigotry at home. A new word was spawned for this phenomenon: 'Négrophilie'. Follow me for a look at Le Jazz hot et al.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Englizzie, Oct 01 10
346 plays
  The French Foreign Legion    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some questions about the legendary "Légion Etrangère".
Tough, 10 Qns, stoneyjackson, Sep 26 08
705 plays
  The War of Devolution (1667-1668)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The War of Devolution was one of Louis XIV's first wars and demonstrated the immense military power of France in this period.
Tough, 10 Qns, hannafran, Dec 16 11
385 plays
  Aspects Of Burgundy's Religious History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The History of Burgundy in France was definitely not merely a pious story. But Abbeys , Monks and Saints did have their part in it. So here follows a lil quiz to disprove the idea that Burgundy is just about vineyards and wine.
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jan 12 02
492 plays
  Marshals of France    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Of 300 French officers promoted to the highest rank in the Army (1190-1984), I have listed 10 Marshals of the era 1690-1763, where they were in command of forces in major battles. The answers are all of one word.
Difficult, 10 Qns, gffsw11, Oct 22 14
652 plays
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French History Trivia Questions

1. The first permanent settlement of the city that is now known as Paris was called Lucotocia by the Parissi tribe who lived there. What does Lucotocia mean?

From Quiz
History of Paris

Answer: Swamp

The Parisii called it Lucotocia (or Leucotecia) which means swamp because their settlement was near the Seine River. Specifically, they settled in the area where the Seine was the easiest to cross. It had the added benefit of being near both the Seine and Rhone rivers as well as being roughly halfway between Rome and Britain. The Parisii were part of an uprising led by Vercingetorix against Julius Caesar and his campaign for Gaul. In the 52 BC Battle of Lutetia, the Parisii suffered devastating losses at the hands of the Romans.

2. The year: LII BC. The battle: Alesia. The result: Roman conquest of Gaul is complete. But who lost the Battle of Alesia?

From Quiz French History in Roman Numerals

Answer: Vercingetorix

The date LII BC corresponds to the year 52 BC. The Battle of Alesia was a great victory for the Romans under Julius Caesar. Vercingetorix threw down his weapons at Caesar's feet and was taken prisoner. He was later strangled in his cell. Roman control of Gaul was not seriously challenged before the second century AD.

3. Who was the most influential historical figure in establishing Paris as the center of style and elegance?

From Quiz Oh là là! French Glitz and Glamour

Answer: Louis XIV

Louis XIV (1638-1715), was the epitome of elegance in everything he did. He wanted to make Paris the cultural center of Europe, overtaking the other capitals, but especially London. He found his perfect counterpart in Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), his minister of finance. Louis had the vision and Colbert the marketing know-how to make it happen in the late 1660s.

4. Marseille's official founding was by which group of people who named it Massalia in 600 BC?

From Quiz The History of Marseille

Answer: Greeks

Massalia was also the first Greek community in what is now France. It was predominantly settled by people from Phocaea. Before the Greeks arrived, however, there were other people living in the area. The Cosquer Cave has cave paintings dating back to 27,000 BC. The Cosquer Cave is now over 100 feet underwater because the Mediterranean Sea has risen over the millennia.

5. What three groups made up the Three Estates that voted on French policy under Louis XVI? (Not in a particular order).

From Quiz The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars

Answer: Clergy, common people, nobles

The first two estates, made up of the clergy and aristocrats of France, were given preference by Louis XVI, despite only consisting of 3% of the French population. The king did, however, attempt to work with the Third Estate,the Estate of commoners, in the first meeting of the Estates since 1614! His attempts would ultimately prove futile.

6. "The Man in the Iron Mask" was the name given to a prisoner who was arrested in 1669 or 1670. What was the name on the papers admitting him to prison?

From Quiz The Real Man in the Iron Mask

Answer: Eustache Dauger

One suggestion has been that Eustache Dauger (full name Eustache Dauger de Cavoy) was the true identity of the prisoner. However, that is impossible as there is proof that he died in the Prison Saint-Lazare, an asylum run by monks. Also, at the time that "The Man in the Iron Mask" was first imprisoned, Dauger de Cavoye was already at Saint-Lazare in Paris.

7. What were the legal orders, or estates, into which all French citizens were divided? (Highest to lowest)

From Quiz Vive la France! The Revolution

Answer: Clergy, Nobles, Everyone else

The First Estate was comprised of Clergy members, or officials of the Catholic Church. An estimated 100,000 persons were members of the Clergy. The Second Estate consisted of an estimated 400,000 people, and included anyone who held the title of nobility. The Third Estate was about 25 million people strong, and considered the "commoners." Merchants, artisans, lawyers, peasants... anyone besides nobles and clergymen was included in this Estate. The Third Estate led the Revolution to gain equal legal rights with the upper two Estates.

8. Which symbol was chosen by Napoleon and his State Council for the new state seal?

From Quiz Napoleon's Symbols of Power

Answer: eagle

The Council discussed several possibilites for the seal. Each member was allowed to give his opinion, and each symbol had historical significance in France. The lion was said to be able to overcome the English leopard, the cock had been a symbol of France since the Renaissance and had been adopted as a symbol of the Revolution. The elephant had been a symbol of Francis I and was incorporated in his home at Fountainebleau. Some believed that adopting the eagle might lead to conflict, because it was already used by Austria and Prussia. Napoleon was said to favor the lion. However, he eventually chose an eagle with wings spread. It had been the symbol of the Roman emperors, as well as Charlemagne.

9. What was the dynastic name of the French royal family?

From Quiz The War of Devolution (1667-1668)

Answer: Bourbon

The Bourbons had been in close competition with the Spanish Habsburgs, who had been dominant in Western Europe until this period.

10. What year did the French Revolution begin?

From Quiz The French Revolution

Answer: 1789

The French Revolution began on July 14, 1789. This is also known today as Bastille Day. Today it is celebrated as a national holiday in France. In fact, the Eiffel tower itself was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bastille Day.

11. Who was the French king that ruled during the time of the French Revolution?

From Quiz Basics of the French Revolution

Answer: King Louis XVI

King Louis XVI ruled France from 1774 until his death by the guillotine in 1793. King Louis XIV ruled France from 1643 to 1715 - a good 74 years before the Revolution. Neither Turgot nor Necker was ever king.

12. What career path had Alfred Dreyfus chosen?

From Quiz Scandal: The Dreyfus Affair

Answer: Army

Dreyfus was a Captain in the French army.

13. The cathedral of Notre-Dame was begun in 1163 under the auspices of which bishop?

From Quiz The History of Paris: Medieval Times to 1900

Answer: Maurice de Sully

Although it was begun in 1163, Notre-Dame was only finished in 1345. Between 1844 and 1864 the cathedral underwent a major restoration by Viollet-le-Duc, who added the spire and the famous gargoyles to the cathedral.

14. When did the Assembly of Notables meet?

From Quiz The French Revolution

Answer: 1787

The Assembly of Notables failed to agree on reforms. As a result of this failure King Louis XVI called a meeting of the Estates General - the closest thing France had to a parliament.

15. When was the French Foreign Legion founded?

From Quiz The French Foreign Legion

Answer: 1831

On the 10th March 1831, by Royal ordinance - the "birth certificate" of the French Foreign Legion.

16. The red "Phrygian bonnet" has become one of the symbols of France. It was first seen during the revolutionary period in 1789 on. Why?

From Quiz French Revolutionary Symbols

Answer: It was like the headgear worn in Ancient Greece by freed slaves from Phrygia.

Though a similar hat is worn by fishermen in the South of France, the reason was for its resemblance to the freed slaves. Curiously enough, though, they are done by a Belgian artist, the Smurfs, or Schtroumpfs in French, wear this sort of headgear, but of course in its blue version. I could not find the reason for this.

17. What year did Jacques Cartier first travel up the St. Lawrence River?

From Quiz General French History

Answer: 1534

No settlement then

18. What was the name of the great Celtic chief who organised a major rebellion against Julius Caesar, successfully held the hill-fort of Gergovia, but was finally defeated at Alesia in Burgundy?

From Quiz History of Burgundy

Answer: Vercingetorix

Boduognat was the leader of the Nervii; Ambiorix of the Tungri. And Asterix, well Asterix is of course a well-known cartoon character.

19. Who was the Catholic Saint that was born outside Burgundy, but died inside it, at a monastery at Nevers on April 16, 1879?

From Quiz Aspects Of Burgundy's Religious History

Answer: Bernadette Soubirous

20. What was the name that the Romans gave to France and the surrounding territory?

From Quiz France: Roman Empire - Modern Times

Answer: Gaul

Gaulish soldiers, often included in auxiliary legions, were respected soldiers in the Roman armies.

21. Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, later known as Napoleon III, ruled France from 1848 until 1870. What relation was he to Napoleon I?

From Quiz L'Histoire de la France Moderne

Answer: Nephew

Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte was the son of Louis Bonaparte, himself briefly King of Holland between 1806 and 1810, and Hortense de Beauharnais Bonaparte, who was the stepdaughter of Napoleon I. Louis was the first Napoleon's brother, which didn't save him from being deposed from his throne for being too lenient on his subjects. Louis-Napoléon, who had spent much of his life in exile following the downfall of Napoleon I, considered himself the rightful leader of France and made several efforts to rally support. The 1848 revolution brought him his chance, and he became President. Although his term should have lasted only four years, a coup d'état in December 1851 meant he remained in power, this time as Emperor, a position he held until 1870.

22. France had a forerunner of internal strife and disorder about 140 years before 1789, a five year period of uprisings and power politics that caused the royal family to vacate the Louvre for Versailles. What was this period called?

From Quiz The French Revolution

Answer: La Fronde

Once the young Louis XIV saw the Louvre under attack by the Parisian mob, he vowed to move the court from Paris for two reasons: 1) protection from the mobs and 2) so he could keep an eye on the nobility whose power he was slowly stripping away. Despite mob involvement, the Fronde was primarily a struggle within the aristocracy, a bit like the War of the Roses in late medieval England.

23. The palace of Versailles is where in relationship to Paris?

From Quiz The Palace of Versailles

Answer: 16 miles SW

The palace was a day's coach ride from the {capital;} Louis XIV moved from Paris for safety reasons. While living in the Louvre as a young boy, an uprising frightened him as an attempt was made to storm the palace.

24. The palace of Versailles was built by which French king?

From Quiz French History

Answer: Louis XIV

Louis XIV built Versailles on the site of a small hunting lodge built by his father. The court was previously in Paris; as a boy, Louis was frightened by an uprising during which an attempt was made to storm the palace. When grown up, Louis wanted to get away from Paris and from potential danger. He thought Versailles was the answer.

25. In 1209, Pope Innocent III launched the twenty-year Albigensian Crusade against which group of Christians in southern France?

From Quiz NonParisian French History

Answer: Cathars

The Cathars, who appeared in southern France in the 11th century, considered themselves to be Christians following the early teachings of the Church and with a dual belief in both a good god and a bad god. They also believed both in the ultimate salvation of all human beings and in the equality of women. By the beginning of the 13th century, the Cathars were firmly anchored throughout the independent Languedoc region in the central part of the Mediterranean coast, an area largely controlled by the Count of Toulouse. Both peasants and the nobility widely followed the religion. After early attempts to halt the progression of what the Catholic Church considered to be heretics, Pope Innocent III launched the Albigensian Crusade, so-named because Albi was one of the strongholds of the faith. King Philippe Augustus of France authorized his barons to participate, with Simon Montfort taking the lead. The Pope's promise that participating nobles would receive the lands they conquered fueled their zeal. Estimates are that over 500,000 men, women and children were killed during the next twenty years, with entire towns massacred. The Crusade ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1229, under which most of the area passed to the King of France, but an Inquisition was started almost immediately to root out remaining Cathars.

26. Christianity was brought to Paris in the 3rd century which patron of the city who is said to have carried his head for miles after being beheaded?

From Quiz History of Paris

Answer: St. Denis

Denis was not well received by the Roman authorities and he was beheaded sometime around 250 AD. The site of his execution was Mercury Hill, which is now called Montmartre or Martyr's Hill. According to legend, St. Denis picked up his decapitated head and walked to the Vicus Cattulliacus, a covert Christian cemetery, where he died. The Basilica of St. Denis was built over his grave in 1144 and still stands today.

27. The year: DCCXXXII. The event: Battle of Tours, or Poitiers. The victor: Charles Martel. But whom did he beat?

From Quiz French History in Roman Numerals

Answer: The Arabs

The date DCCXXXII corresponds to the year 732. The Battle of Tours ended the Islamic invasion of Gaul. Charles Martel, a leading general and the majordomo of the Frankish kingdom, was assisted by Odo of Aquitaine. After Martel's death, his son, Pepin I the Short was offered the position of King from the Pope in exchange for his help at defeating the Lombards, who threatened the Papal States.

28. What were the first French street lamps fueled with?

From Quiz Oh là là! French Glitz and Glamour

Answer: Candles

In 1667, Paris became the "Ville Lumière", City of Light, after Louis decreed that it should be lit at night. Until then, public activities ended after dark, while now night life became possible. Lanterns were posted at strategic crossing points, and the candles inside were lit every night after the lamps were lowered with pulleys. The roads were also paved with cobblestones to keep the king (and others) from muddying their shoes.

29. What is the name of the scientist and explorer from Massalia who became the first person to study the Arctic and the North Pole?

From Quiz The History of Marseille

Answer: Pytheas

Pytheas was born in Massalia around 350 BC. He became the first person to ever visit the Arctic on a scientific expedition. Although today he is credited for developing theories about the existence of the Midnight Sun and Polar Regions, these things were already known in Pytheas' day. He did, however, develop a theory on how the moon affects Earth's tides.

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