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Question 1: When was the third republic formed?

  • 1830
  • 1848
  • 1875
  • 1885
Jules Ferry, Minister of Public Education for the third republic in the early 1880s, established free, secular public teaching.
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Question 2: Miriam Makeba (1932 - 2008) was a naturalised French citizen of South African origin. What is she best known for?

  • Discovered the atom at the start of the 20th century. Entombed at the Panthéon in Paris
  • Engaged in the struggle against apartheid and the first South African singer (Pata, Pata) to win a Grammy Award
  • A journalist, screenwriter, writer and politician, co-founder of the Express, and two times Secretary of State
  • A French poet and writer
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Question 3: Dalida (1933 - 1987) was a naturalised French citizen of Egyptian origin. For what is she best known?

  • The first recognised black singer/dancer. She distinguished herself in the Resistance during the Second World War
  • A French poet and writer.
  • A singer known for numerous popular successes including "Bambino", "Il venait d’avoir 18 ans" and Laissez-moi danser" ("just turned 18" and "let me dance")
  • An actress in numerous films including "Le prénom" and TV series such as "Avocats et associés"
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Question 4: What does the date of the 14th July represent?

  • The annual French National Holiday (la Fête Nationale Française)
  • The taking of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789
  • The Holiday of the Federation (la Fête de la Fédération) of the 14th July 1790, celebrating the Constitution of 1789
  • All of the above
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Question 5: Who was François Mitterand?

  • A high-ranking French civil servant and resistance fighter who died in 1943
  • A French politician, guillotined in 1794, and one of the main figures of the French Revolution
  • A military general, resistance fighter, first president of the 5th Republic and French writer, died 1970
  • President of the Republic 1981 - 1995 (voted to abolish the death penalty), died 1996
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Question 6: Which of these are from the same 17th Century epoch?

  • Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a.k.a. Molière, the Sun King (Louis XIV)
  • Clovis, Henri IV
  • Clovis, Jeanne d'Arc
  • Clovis, the occupation by the Romans
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Question 7: When was the death penalty banned in France?

  • 1981
  • 1991
  • 2001
  • 1971
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Question 8: Which fundamental freedoms are guaranteed by the principal of "Liberty" in the French Republic?

  • Freedom of thought, belief, expression and assembly (liberté de pensée, de croyance, de s’exprimer, de se réunir)
  • The freedom of expression - even to spread insults, defamation, hate-speak or deny crimes against humanity (such as the Second World War Holocaust)
  • The freedom of the press and the right to a free education (guaranteed by laws in the 1880's)
  • The right to a free eduction separated from religious beliefs (l'école laïque)
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Question 9: When was the social security system, financed by French businesses and workers, established?

  • 1958
  • 1875
  • 1789
  • 1945
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Question 10: What are the visual characteristics of Marianne, symbol of the French Republic?

  • A woman wearing a tricolour cockade (knot of ribbons) and a Phrygian cap (a conical cap with the top bent forwards, identified with the Roman cap of liberty).
  • A woman bearing arms and carrying the French tricolour (red, white and blue) flag.
  • A seated woman reading the scroll of reason representing French republican law
  • A woman wearing a crown and the regalia of state.
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Question 11: Alain Mimoun (1921- 2013) was a naturalised French citizen of Algerian origin. What is he best known for?

  • The only writer to receive the Goncourt prize twice: the first time in 1956 under his real name for The Roots of Heaven, the second in 1975 under the pseudonym Emile Ajar for Life Ahead.
  • Reporter and novelist, elected a member of the Académie Française in 1962.
  • A painter - one of the founders of abstract art
  • Athlete and veteran of World War II, won the marathon at the 1956 Olympic Games
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Question 12: Who was Maximilien de Robespierre?

  • A high-ranking French civil servant and resistance fighter who died in 1943
  • A French politician, guillotined in 1794, and one of the main figures of the French Revolution
  • A military general, resistance fighter, first president of the 5th Republic and French writer, died 1970
  • President of the Republic 1981 - 1995 (voted to abolish the death penalty), died 1996
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Question 13: When did the French join the European Economic Community (EEC)?

  • In 1992 via the Maastricht Treaty (the Treaty on European Union)
  • In 1957 via the Treaty of Rome
  • 1 January 2002 after the introduction of the Euro currency
  • 1 December 2009 when the Lisbon Treaty, signed 13 December 2007, came into force.
The Euro came into existence on 1 January 1999. Until 1 January 2002 the Euro was the official currency in France but only existed as 'book money'
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Question 14: Valérie Benguigui (1961 - 2013) was a naturalised French citizen of Algerian origin. For what is she best known?

  • The first recognised black singer/dancer. She distinguished herself in the Resistance during the Second World War
  • A French poet and writer.
  • A singer known for numerous popular successes including "Bambino", "Il venait d’avoir 18 ans" and Laissez-moi danser" ("just turned 18" and "let me dance")
  • An actress in numerous films including "Le prénom" and TV series such as "Avocats et associés"
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Question 15: Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985) was a naturalised French citizen of Russian origin. For what is he best known?

  • Famous French poet, notably writing "Alcools et Calligrammes"
  • Painter responsible for the painting of the ceiling of the Paris Opera
  • Nobel Prize winning physicist, pioneer of biomedical imaging and the detection of particles.
  • Grandson of an Italian merchant and fervent republican who helped France to recover after the defeat of The Franco-Prussian War. He was one of the fathers of the Third Republic
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Question 16: Name a famous French sculptor:

  • Édith Piaf
  • Edgar Degas
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Auguste Renoir
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Question 17: What is guaranteed by the principal of "Equality" in the French Republic?

  • All citizens have the same rights regardless of sex, origin, religion or sexual orientation
  • All men have the same rights regardless of origin, religion or sexual orientation
  • All citizens have the same rights regardless of sex, origin or religion. Some rights are limited depending on sexual orientation
  • All citizens have the same rights regardless of sex, sexual orientation and origin. Some rights are limited depending on religion
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Question 18: Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975) was a naturalised French citizen of American origin. For what is she best known?

  • The first recognised black singer/dancer. She distinguished herself in the Resistance during the Second World War
  • A French poet and writer.
  • A singer known for numerous popular successes including "Bambino", "Il venait d’avoir 18 ans" and Laissez-moi danser" ("just turned 18" and "let me dance")
  • An actress in numerous films including "Le prénom" and TV series such as "Avocats et associés"
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Question 19: How many people speak the French language in the world, in how many countries, and what percentage of the world's population is this?

  • 200 million, 70, 1%
  • 150 million, 65, 0.75%
  • 250 million, 75, 2%
  • 150 million, 75, 2%
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Question 20: Vassily Kandinsky (1866 - 1944) was a naturalised French citizen of Russian origin. What is he best known for?

  • The only writer to receive the Goncourt prize twice: the first time in 1956 under his real name for The Roots of Heaven, the second in 1975 under the pseudonym Emile Ajar for Life Ahead.
  • Reporter and novelist, elected a member of the Académie Française in 1962.
  • A painter - one of the founders of abstract art
  • Athlete and veteran of World War II, won the marathon at the 1956 Olympic Games
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Question 21: What was the date of the first French Revolution?

  • 5 May 1789 (the date of the opening of the Estates General)
  • 9 November 1799 (The coup of the 18th Brumaire orchestrated by Louis Napoleon Bonaparte)
  • The period between 5 May 1789 and 9 November 1799
  • 25 February 1848
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Question 22: Name a famous French sculptor:

  • Édith Piaf
  • Albert Camus
  • Auguste Rodin
  • Simone de Beauvoir
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Question 23: Andrée Chedid (1920 - 2011) was a naturalised French citizen born in Egypt, Cairo, to a Syrian mother and a Lebanese father. For what is she best known?

  • The first recognised black singer/dancer. She distinguished herself in the Resistance during the Second World War
  • A French poet and writer.
  • A singer known for numerous popular successes including "Bambino", "Il venait d’avoir 18 ans" and Laissez-moi danser" ("just turned 18" and "let me dance")
  • An actress in numerous films including "Le Prénom" and TV series such as "Avocats et Associés"
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Question 24: Which of the following relates to the 19th Century AD?

  • Constitution of a vast colonial empire through wars of conquest in the West Indies, Africa and Asia
  • Abolition of slavery
  • Victor Hugo - one of the greatest French writers. His works argued against social inequalities and the death penalty. He wrote Les Misérables and Notre-Dame de Paris
  • All of the above
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Question 25: How many French Departments are there?

  • 96
  • 101
  • 111
  • 98
French Departments comprise 18 Regions (12 in Metropolitan France, Corisca and 5 over-seas (d'outre mer)
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Question 26: What is meant by the principal of "Fraternity" in France?

  • Employers should always employ a native-born French person first (if available), before anyone of different ethnicity
  • This principal applies specifically to discrimination on the basis of origin, religion or sex - which is forbidden
  • The principal that French companies are solely responsible for funding the social security system.
  • General solidarity amongst citizens - illustrated by the social security system, founded in 1945 and financed by companies and those in employment
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Question 27: When did the Second World War begin and end in Europe?

  • 1st September 1939 to the 2nd of September 1945
  • 1st September 1939 to the 8th May 1945
  • 1st September 1939 to the 1st May 1945
  • 1st September 1939 to the 5th May 1945
For the purposes of the French citizenship interview it is important to distinguish between the date of Germany's surrender (and the end of war in Europe), and the date of Japanese surrender which marked the end of the Second World War globally (on 15 August 1945, Japan surrendered, with the surrender documents being signed at Tokyo Bay on the deck of the American battleship USS Missouri on 2 September 1945, ending the war).
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Question 28: Place these French writters in their correct historical order:

  • Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a.k.a. Molière, François-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire, Denis Diderot, Victor Hugo
  • Victor Hugo, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a.k.a. Molière, François-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire, Denis Diderot
  • Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a.k.a. Molière, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, François-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire
  • Victor Hugo, François-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot
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Question 29: What are some of the responsibilities of the elected officials of local French communities (les Communes)?

  • Management of nursery and primary schools, sports and cultural activities, street maintenance and the registration of births, marriages and deaths
  • Management of colleges, child protection, assistance to the elderly
  • Management of public transport, vocational training, the construction and maintenance of high schools (les lycées)
  • Determination of national policy
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Question 30: What is the name of the current French Prime Minister:

  • Emmanuel Macron
  • Gérard Collomb
  • Edouard Philippe
  • François Fillon
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Question 31: Which is the highest mountain in the European Union at 4,807m?

  • Mont-Blanc
  • The Matterhorn
  • Monte Rosa
  • Dom
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Question 32: What is the name of the current French Economy and Finance Minister?

  • François Fillon
  • François Bayrou
  • Edouard Philippe
  • Bruno Le Maire
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Question 33: Name a famous French poet:

  • Paul Verlaine
  • Albert Camus
  • Marcel Proust
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
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Question 34: Léon Zitrone (1914 - 1995) was a naturalised French citizen of Russian origin. What is he best known for?

  • A singer in the 1960's. A French great
  • The father of volcanology who made his discipline known to the general public
  • A journalist famous and TV presenter famous for programs such as Intervilles and his commentaries on the Tour de France, Olympics and Eurovision Song Contest
  • A painter - one of the founders of abstract art
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Question 35: For what event did Gustave Eiffel construct the Eiffel Tower?

  • The 1889 World's fair (l'Exposition Universelle)
  • The 1867 World's fair
  • The end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871
  • The conception of the French Third Republic in 1870
The 1889 World's fair was held during the year of the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille.
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Question 36: Which of the following is NOT a right/responsibility of a French citizen according to the Civil Code?

  • All citizens must contribute, as much as is possible, to public finances via income tax and social contributions (cotisations) taken at source from salaries
  • All citizens have equal access to positions of public employment according to their competencies
  • All citizens are required to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections. To not do so is a civil offence.
  • If called upon, in the event of war, all citizens must participate in the defence of France
From the age of 16, French citizens must register at their town hall to participate in the "Defense and Citizenship Day" ("la Journée défense et citoyenneté").
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Question 37: Name a famous French singer:

  • Édith Piaf
  • Albert Camus
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Auguste Rodin
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Question 38: Which of the following relates to the 15th Century AD?

  • The Lascaux Cave paintings (prehistoric period)
  • The arrival of the Romans and Latin culture (period of antiquity)
  • Joanne of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc) - the young peasant who liberated a part of the French territory occupied by the English during the 100 years war
  • Clovis: the King who unified the kingdoms of France and adopted Christianity
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Question 39: When was the French law authorising abortion, prepared by Simone Veil, passed?

  • 1985
  • 1965
  • 1995
  • 1975
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Question 40: Identify the correct, chronological list of French presidents of the Fifth Republic:

  • Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron
  • Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Dominique de Villepin, François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron
  • Charles de Gaulle, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Georges Pompidou, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron
  • Charles de Gaulle, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Alain Poher, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, Emmanuel Macron
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