Saturday, January 03, 2009

Pop Quiz...

In the spirit of a new year and all that, I thought it might be fun to see how well all you francophiles out there have been paying attention to the French news this past year.

For those of you who want to play along, all of the readers with the most correct answers by next Sunday will be eligible for a 'very official draw' by the little ladies to win a copy of Pardon My French by Charles Timoney.

Send your answers in via the comment link. I won't publish them until next Sunday, so there's no cheating (hate cheaters). Most of the answers can be found in my archives, just in case you haven't been paying attention.

Maybe it's the ex-teacher in me that likes quizzes so much....

The French Who's Who of 2008 Quiz

1. Who sang the song of the summer, 'Rayon de Soleil'?

2. Who won the Academy Award for best actress in 'La Vie en Rose'.

3. Who's diamond ring magically disappeared in a newspaper photo?

4. Who directed the box office hit 'Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis'?

5. Who was accused of perpetuating one of the biggest frauds in banking history?

6. Who was freed after
2,321 days of being held captive in Colombia?

7. Which talented actor with a famous father died in October, aged 37?

8. Who is the 'French Elvis' that has announced he will retire in 2010?

9. Which ex-girlfriend of Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger got married this year?

10. Who is the author of this year's Prix Goncourt winner, 'Syngue Sabour'?

11. Which outspoken sister and media sensation passed away this year, aged 99?

12. Who is known as the 'French Robin Hood' and had not one but two films made about him this year?

13. Who was voted France's top personality for 2008?

14. What influential fashion force passed away this year, aged 72?

15. Which French author received the Nobel Prize for Literature 2008?

7 comments:

Isabelle said...

Am I allowed to play, since I'm French?

The Duchess said...

Sure, you can play! But since you are French, you aren't allowed to google any of the questions. You should know them already! lol

Isabelle said...

Ok, I didn't search for the answers neither on Google, nor on your blog archives:

1. Don't know
2. Marion Cotillard
3. Rachida Dati
4. Danny Boon
5. Jérome Kerviel
6. Ingrid Bétancourt
7. Guillaume Depardieu
8. Johnny Halliday
9. Carla Bruni
10.Don't know
11.Soeur Emmanuelle
12.Jacques Mesrine
13.Don't know
14.Yves Saint Laurent
15.JMG Le Clézio

Voilà :)

Magic27 said...

Have to give this a try (I still am a teacher, and do indeed find quizzes hard to resist!)...
1. Who sang the song of the summer, 'Rayon de Soleil'? William Baldé

2. Who won the Academy Award for best actress in 'La Vie en Rose'. Marion Cotillard

3. Who's diamond ring magically disappeared in a newspaper photo? Rachida Dati

4. Who directed the box office hit 'Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis'? Dany Boon

5. Who was accused of perpetuating one of the biggest frauds in banking history? Jérôme Kerviel

6. Who was freed after 2,321 days of being held captive in Colombia? Ingrid de Bettancourt

7. Which talented actor with a famous father died in October, aged 37? Guillaume Depardieu

8. Who is the 'French Elvis' that has announced he will retire in 2010? Johnny Hallyday

9. Which ex-girlfriend of Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger got married this year? Carla Bruni

10. Who is the author of this year's Prix Goncourt winner, 'Syngue Sabour'? Atiq Rahimi

11. Which outspoken sister and media sensation passed away this year, aged 99? Soeur Emmanuelle

12. Who is known as the 'French Robin Hood' and had not one but two films made about him this year? Jacques Mesrine

13. Who was voted France's top personality for 2008? Yannick Noah

14. What influential fashion force passed away this year, aged 72? Yves Saint Laurent

15. Which French author received the Nobel Prize for Literature 2008? Jean-Marie Le Clézio

Cool quiz - the only thing I had to look up was the spelling for one of the names!

Happy New Year and thanks for entertaining me this evening whilst I try to get some work done!

Ksam said...

oooh, this is a good one! let's see how many I can get....

1. William Baladé (absolutely cannot stand this song!!)
2. Marion Cotillard
3. ??
4. Dany Boon
5. Jérôme Kerviel
6. Ingrid Betancourt
7. Guillaume Dépardieu
8. Johnny Halliday
9. Carla Bruni
10. Atik Rahimi
11. Soeur Emmanuelle
12. Jacques Mesrine
13. Obama??
14. Yves St Laurent
15. Le Clézio

La Belette Rouge said...

I think I have just officially lost my Francophile membership card.;-)

A Work In Progress.. said...

Okay, here's my answers, but I did have to Google several of the questions. Since I don't live in France I hope I am allowed :) With you being 12 hours ahead of me (I believe) I think I have still made the deadline!?! Also, please excuse the lack of accents.

C'etait tres amusant! I had forgotten many of these (sad) events, but it was a good refresher. I hope 2009 doesn't include so many deaths! Et, J'espere que je gagne!

1. William Balde
2. Marion Cotillard
3. Rachida Dati
4. Dany Boon
5. Jerome Kerviel
6. Ingrid Betancourt
7. Guillaume Depardieu
8. Johnny Hallyday
9. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
10. Atiq Rahimi
11. Sister Emmanuelle
12. Jacques Mesrine
13. Yannick Noah
14. Yves Saint-Laurent
15. Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio