Hello again. A bit of a Frenchy feel to the quiz today. Here goes:
1. Tintamarre is the largest island in which French overseas collectivity that came into being in February 2007?
2. What event of 1945 connects the films 'Der Hund von Baskerville' and 'Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war'?
3. Which boxer defeated Jake Kilrain in 1889 in the last ever world heavyweight championship prizefight decided with bare knuckles under London Prize Ring rules?
4. In April 2007, Laurent Deutsch starred in a French film that told the story of which fabulist and poet, born in 1621?
5. What was the name of the Swiss psychologist who developed the ink-blot psychological test?
6. Inaugurated in March 2007, the LGV Est, an extension to the French high-speed TGV network, links Paris with which city?
7. Also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, at which battle of 1805 did France defeat Austria and Russia?
8. Which English bishop, who was born in Beverley in Yorkshire, was appointed Bishop of Rochester in 1504 at the insistence of Henry VII only to be executed in 1535? He was canonized in 1935 by Pope Pius XI along with Thomas More.
9. In Greek mythology, which Spartan king was the father of Castor and Pollox?
10. In which African country would you find the Mountains of the Moon?
11. The current King of Spain and the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg are, through the Bourbon branch, both members of which dynasty, named after the King of France who reigned from 987AD until 996AD?
12. Which American city is served by Metropolitan Airport?
13. Which Scottish soldier and nobleman led the government army that defeated the Jacobites at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715?
14. First published in 1852, ‘Émaux et camées’ is a collection of 37 poems considered to represent the greatest work of which French author?
15. Who was the English sea captain and Arctic explorer who, along with his entire crew, disappeared whilst attempting to navigate the Northwest Passage in 1847?
16. Designed by Norman Foster and Michel Virlogeux, the Millau Viaduct, the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, spans which river, a tributary of the Garonne?
17. Which French writer published the Surrealist Manifesto in 1924?
18. Which Hungarian city earned the nickname of ‘Calvinist Rome’ during the 16th Century because it was one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation?
19. The carcajou is an alternative name for which mammal?
20. In 'The Pickwick Papers', what is the name of Mr Pickwick's landlady who sues him for breach of promise to marry her?
21. Aged 88 at the time of his resignation, who is the oldest Head of State in French history?
22. What name is given to the unit of pressure equal to 60 millimetres of mercury?
23. Which Cuban-born Italian novelist wrote 'Invisible Cities' and 'The Castle of Crossed Destinies'?
24. Which treaty of 843AD created the kingdom of Francia Occidentalis and represents only the legal founding of the state of France?
25. What was the full name of the American poet and novelist known primarily by her initials H.D.?
26. What is the name of the town in French Guiana, home to the Guiana Space Centre, from which the European Space Agency and CNES launch their satellites?
27. Which French author won the first ever Nobel Prize for Literature in 1901?
28. Lítla Dímun is the only one of the eighteen large islands of which European island group to be uninhabited?
29. Named after an 18th Century British scientist, what name is given to the ratio of the tensile stress to the tensile strain in a material?
30. In May 1957 Britain's first Hydrogen Bomb was tested over which Pacific island?
31. Fought between March 13 – May 7, 1954, which battle, which resulted in a massive defeat for the French army, effectively ended the First Indochina War?
32. What is the name of the American politician who replaced Rudolph Giuliani as Mayor of New York in 2002?
33. In 1599, who became the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey since Geoffrey Chaucer?
34. Built in the first half of the 20th Century, the world’s oldest playable pipe organ is located in the Basilique de Valère in which Swiss city?
35. Bornholm is an island in the Baltic Sea belonging to which country?
36. Known by some as the man who created Paris and by others as the man who destroyed it, which civic planner was hired by Napoleon III in 1852 to modernise Paris?
37. What was the pen name used by the French novelist Amandine Lucie Dudevant?
38. The father of the poet Lydia Koidula, Johann Voldemar Jannsen wrote the words to ‘Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm’ meaning ‘My Fatherland, My Happiness and Joy’, the national anthem of which country?
39. Which former coach of the Green Bay Packers gives his name to the trophy awarded to the winners of the NFL Superbowl?
40. In May 1991, who became the first female Prime Minister of France?
41. Who was the French Minister of Justice who oversaw the drafting of the French Constitution that was adopted in October 1958?
42. The Majlis is the name given to the parliament of which country?
43. The Merneptah Stele was discovered at Thebes by which English Egyptologist who pioneered the use of the sequence dating method in archaeology?
44. The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptist denominations who were (originally) followers of whom?
45. Which Asian capital city has a name meaning 'Town of Victory' in the local tongue?
46. Lifou Island, Maré Island, Tiga Island, Ouvéa Island, Mouli Island, and Faiava Island are the six inhabited islands in which archipelago, part of the French territory of New Caledonia?
47. Before her marriage to Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine was the Queen of which French King?
48. With a population density of just 15.5 people per square kilometre, which is the most sparsely populated country in the European Union?
49. Which French short story writer and dramatist wrote the novella upon which Bizet's opera 'Carmen' is based?
50. Who was the first king of Scotland from the House of Stuart?
And the answers?:
1. SAINT MARTIN
2. THEY WERE THE ONLY FILMS FOUND IN HITLER'S BUNKER
3. JOHN L SULLIVAN
4. JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
5. HERMANN RORSCHACH
8. JOHN FISHER
11. CAPETIAN DYNASTY
13. JOHN CAMPBELL, DUKE OF ARGYLL
14. THÉOPHILE GAUTIER
15. JOHN FRANKLIN
17. ANDRÉ BRETON
20. MRS BARDELL
21. PHILIPPE PÉTAIN
23. ITALO CALVINO
24. TREATY OF VERDUN
25. HILDA DOOLITTLE
27. SULLY PRUDHOMME
28. FAROE ISLANDS
29. YOUNG'S MODULUS
30. KIRIMATI (or CHRISTMAS ISLAND)
31. BATTLE OF DIEN BIEN PHU
32. MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
33. EDMUND SPENSER
36. BARON HAUSSMANN (GEORGES-EUGÈNE HAUSSMANN)
37. GEORGE SAND
39. VINCE LOMBARDI
40. ÉDITH CRESSON
41. MICHEL DEBRÉ
43. FLINDERS PETRIE
44. MENNO SIMONS
46. LOYALTY ISLANDS (OR ÎLES LOYAUTÉ)
47. LOUIS VII
49. PROSPER MÉRIMÉE
50. ROBERT II