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French Bastille Day

written by: sundance
 
No prizes for knowing there's more to 14 July than Battlestar Galactica - Bastille Day (no disrespect to fans intended!) Step inside and look around for an informative quiz that's not too tough.

Question 1:


Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille, a royal fortress-prison and a hated symbol of absolutist monarchy. Who were the hapless couple seated on the French throne that fateful day?
Ferdinand and Isabella
Francis and Claude
Henri and Margot
Louis and Marie-Antoinette

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On 14 July 1790 a mass was held in Paris in celebration of the momentous happening of the year before. It was conducted by a man who is known as 'the limping devil' and 'the sphinx'. He was also one of the movers and shakers at the post-Napoleonic Congress of Vienna. Can you name this consummate diplomat?
Montesquieu
Talleyrand
Robespierre
Pascal


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Question 3:

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Bastille Day was made a national holiday of France by law of Parliament (National Assembly) on 6 July 1880. The aim was to help restore national pride just 10 years after France had suffered a humiliating defeat. Which country was the victor?
Spain
Austria-Hungary
Britain
Prussia


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What were the three great ideals for which the French revolutionaries fought from 1789 until 1799?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)



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Question 5:


A notable feature of the Bastille Day celebrations are the 'bals' (dances/parties). Among the most popular are the ones organized by which of these?
firebugs
firework makers
fire eaters
firefighters

Question 6:


Which of the following terms refers to the period prior to the French Revolution?
ancien système
ancien régime
ancien modèle
ancien ordre

Question 7:


When were the original Bastille fortifications completed?
1380
1680
1580
1480

Question 8:


From the 17th century onwards the great majority of those who were sent to the Bastille never again saw the light of day.
True
False

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The Bastille Opera, that opened on 14 July 1989, was originally intended as a replacement for this older opera house.
Palais Garnier
Palais de Chaillot
Palais du Luxembourg
Palais de l'Elysée


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This was the year when West Point Military Academy opened the march on the Champs-Elysées on Bastille Day.
2003
2000
2001
2002


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