Paris, France: Geography Quiz

Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel), Paris
Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel), Paris | Source

Brief History of Paris, France

In 55 BC, Paris was a small flood-prone fishing village on the Ile de la Cité, inhabited by the Parisii tribe, when it was conquered by the Romans. The city grew, and spread to the left bank of the River Seine.The Franks succeeded the Romans and named the city Paris.

During the Middle Ages, Paris thrived as both a religious and an educational center. Great churches, cathedrals, and a university, the Sorbonne, was built.

Paris grew during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. It became a city of great wealth and power under the rule of Louis XIV. The people revolted in the Revolution of 1789, and Louis XIV was overthrown.

In the early 1800s, Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself Emperor of France. Following the Revolution of 1848, Baron Haussman began an urban redevelopment project to replace Paris's medieval slums with elegant boulevards and avenues.

Baron Haussman's scheme continued into the 20th century. It was interrupted by World War II and the German miltary occupation of the city from 1940 to 1944.

Paris recovered after the war and is continuing the thrive and grow. Many famous and infamous people are associated with Paris, France. Please read about them next, and then test your knowledge of the geography of this great city.

Celebrated Residents of Paris

Famous or Infamous Individual
Claim to Fame or Infamy
Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975)
Baker was an American-born French singer, dancer, and actress whose early performances were at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. In 1925, she danced at a music hall wearing nothing but a string of bananas.
Louis Braille (1809 - 1852)
Blinded in an accident when he was three years old, Braille went on to invent a system of writing for blind and visually impaired people.
Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849)
Born in Poland of Polish-French parents, Chopin was a child-prodigy composer and virtuoso pianist best known for his solo piano pieces. He was involved with the French author Amantine Dupin, the woman who wrote as George Sand.
Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
Born in Poland, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only woman to win the prize twice — once in physics and once in chemistry. She won the physics prize with her husband Pierre in 1903 for their work with radioactivity, and she won the chemistry prize alone in 1911 for her discovery of radium and polonium.
Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)
Dali was an eccentric Spanish Surrealist artist who moved to Paris in 1929. His best known painting is "The Persistence of Memory" (1931), a series of melting pocktwatches strewn about a landscape.
Eugène Delacroix (1798 - 1863)
Delacroix was a member of the Romantic school of painting. Romanticism influenced the creation of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles, which the author has discussed in other articles for HubPages.
Marlene Dietrich (1901 - 1992)
Dietrich was a German-born singer who gave some of her best shows at the Paris Olympia music hall.
Gustave Eiffel (1832 - 1923)
Eiffel was a French civil engineer and architect best known for his creation of the Eiffel Tower, a structure built for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris. Eiffel also designed the internal structure of the Statue of Liberty.
Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
Hugo was a French writer and political activist. He is best known for writing “Les Miserables" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame."
Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971)
Morrison was an American poet and lyricist. He was the lead singer of the rock group The Doors.
Rudolf Nureyev (1938 - 1993)
Nureyev was a Russian ballet star who became director of the Ballet de l'Opéra (Paris Opera Ballet).
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
Pasteur was a chemist and micro-biologist who invented a process known as Pasteurization, which stopped the fermentation of beer and wine. He also developed vaccines against rabies and anthrax.
Édith Piaf (1915 - 1963)
Piaf, born Édith Giovanna Gassion, was a singer who was regarded as being one of France's greatest international stars. Piaf's lifestyle was so wild, she was denied a Roman Catholic funeral mass. In spite of this, more than 100,00 people clogged the streets of Paris on their way to attend her funeral. To this day, fresh flowers are continually being left on Piaf's grave.
Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Picasso, born Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, in Spain lived most of his adult life in France. This painter, scultptor, printmaker, and ceramist was a founder of the Cubist school of painting. One of Picasso's most famour paintings, Guernica, is about the Spanish Civil War. I would love to write an article about Picasso for HubPages. Picasso died in 1973, so, unfortunately, his works won't be in the public domain until 2073. No images of Picasso's creations could be included in anything I would write.
Rin Tin Tin (1918 - 1932)
The first dog with the name Rin Tin Tin starred in 23 Hollywood films. After his death in Los Angeles, California, said to have been in the arms of actress Jean Harlow, the dog's body was returned to his native Paris for burial.
Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986) and Jean Paul Sartre (1905 - 1980)
Simone-Ernestine-Lucie-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir was a French feminist, existential writer, and philosopher. She wrote primarily about politics and social issues. Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French existential novelist, playwright, political activist, and philosopher. His most famous work was Being and Nothingness. Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, but refused to accept the honor. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre were involved in a relationship and are buried in the same crypt.
Leon Trotsky (1879 - 1940)
Prior to the 1917 Russian Revolution, this Bolshevik hung out with Vladimir Lenin (1870 - 1924), Marxist leader of the Bolshevik Revolution, in the Dôme Café.
Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883)
Wagner was a German-born composer and conductor, primarily known for his operas, who fled his creditors in Germany and moved to Paris.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1906)
Wilde was an Irish-born author and poet jailed in England for gross indecency with other men. After his release from jail in Reading, England, Wilde moved to Paris.

Grave of Jim Morrison in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise

This photograph of the grave of Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, was photographed in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise by Simon Wedege Petersen on May 16, 2008.
This photograph of the grave of Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, was photographed in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise by Simon Wedege Petersen on May 16, 2008. | Source

Paris: 5th, 6th, and 7th Arrondissements (Quarters)

show route and directions
A markerEiffel Tower -
Eiffel tower, Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris, France
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B markerSorbonne -
Sorbonne, Paris, France
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C markerNotre Dame -
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 6 Place du Parvis Notre-Dame, 75004 Paris, France
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D markerMusee d'Orsay -
Musée d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France
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E markerPantheon, Paris -
Pantheon, Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France
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Comments 42 comments

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

What a wonderful, succinct history of Paris - great memories of visiting the city a couple of times in the past few years and the desire to go back grows stronger after reading your delightful hub. Loved the quiz although I am ashamed at my general ignorance of Parisian landmarks scoring a poor 60% -I definitely need to visit now even if it is for scoring higher at your great quiz.

voted up and across!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Docmo,

Thanks for reading my article, taking the quiz, and adding your comment. I appreciate it.

I've created a few other geography quizzes in which you might be interested...England, Scotland, and Europe. Since you live in England, I'm sure you'll do well on that quiz.


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Daisy,

Awesome article! I liked the history (far better than the quiz...yeah...46%) anyways...I once read somewhere that Baron Haussman began his urban renewal project following the failed Revolution of 1848 so that it would be harder for revolutionaries to blockade the streets in future times of unrest.

Great Job and voting and sharing and such.

Thanks,

Thomas


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I like the list of famous Parisians! Sal Dali is a favorite artist! Thanks for sharing your knowledge of Paris!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thomas,

Thanks for reading my article, taking the quiz, and adding your comments. It was challenging writing nearly 2100 years of history in just a few paragraphs.

Paris doesn't sound like it was a pleasant place to visit before Baron Haussman began cleaning up the city.

Did you know that the Rin Tin Tin, the First was from France?


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Daisy...

I forgot to mention that I was going to mention that...I was unaware of Rin Tin Tin original place of residency! You are correct, 2100 years is a long-ass time and yet...you nailed it!

Thomas


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Rebecca,

I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article. Salvatore Dali was a fascinating...but strange...man. I would add him to the list of articles to write in my art history series, but his work isn't in the public domain, so I wouldn't be able to include any images.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thomas (ThoughtSandwiches),

Thanks so much for visiting again and for your very kind words.

Thanks, too, for sharing my article.

I knew you would like reading the information about Rin Tin Tin! That's the sort of trivia which would appeal to you.


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rlbert00 4 years ago from USA

I enjoyed this trivia article very much, I had been waiting for a new one since your Caribbean trivia article. I am terribly embarrassed by my score however, 40%. One of my favorite quotes of from Jean Paul Sartre..."hell, is other people". Nicely done.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

rlbert00,

It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and taking the quiz. This was just an off day for you. I know you'll do well on the next quiz.

I published two quizzes after the Caribbean geography quiz, both of them rather recently. One was Hawaii geography and the other was Scotland geography.

When I was in college, I wrote a paper about existentialism. I used Jean Paul Sarte's Being and Nothingness as a reference. The only version available at the New York Public Library the day I was there was the one in the original French.

It was not an easy task to read it.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Very cool hub! I'm going to share it with my daughter since she will be visiting there in June. She's excited to be climbing the Eiffel Tower on my birthday!:)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine,

Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting in it. I'm sure your daughter and her husband will enjoy their visit to Paris. It's a wonderful travel destination.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, interesting and informative. You have put together a valuable celebrated list in your hub which is very useful.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nithya (Vellur),

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my Hub.

As I was doing my research, I saw so many individuals mentioned in various articles who were associated with Paris, I thought it would interesting to list them in my Hub. It's quite a varied list, isn't it?


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Stokermm 4 years ago from Gainesville, FL

Nice hub! Thanks for all of the great Paris information. I will be visiting next month! I'm Sunshine's daughter. :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Sunshine II,

It's nice to "see" you again. I remember when you took my Florida geography quiz.

Your Mom told me that you're going to be visiting the Eiffel Tower on her birthday.

What an exciting multi-week European trip you're going to have! I hope your husband and you have a great vacation.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Scored 100 percent, which doesn't prove so much that I absorbed Parisian culture when I was there on vacation, but that I know how to read your hub and watch the video ;) Great quiz. Up and Awesome.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Aurelio,

Thanks for reading my Hub, taking the quiz, and posting your perfect score. Congratulations on receiving 100%!

You've taken several of my geography quizzes and on one occasion read the questions without answering them. I'm so glad you're the first person to answer all question in this quiz correctly.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Been in Paris long ago when I was 16 and only for a quick tour. Poor score of 40%. However loved your information on Paris and especially about the people living there. Passing this on.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Gypsy Rose Lee,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my Hub and taking the quiz. I'm glad you liked the section of the article regarding the celebrated residents of the city. This is the first time I've included such a section. I'll keep it in mind for future geography quiz Hubs.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Daisy, you've done it again. Another fantastic hub! I'm scared to take the quiz though! Voted up, useful, and shared! Take care, Kelley


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Kelley,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs.

Our friend Aurelio once read one of my geography quiz articles and didn't take the quiz because he was afraid of the score he would receive. With this quiz, Aurelio answered all the questions correctly.

What you do have to lose? Be brave, Kelley! Take to quiz.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Wow, what a great piece of history you have posted. Wonderfully done. I would love to visit Paris someday, but for now I will just enjoy the pictures.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I created several geography Hubs, but this is the first one that I devoted to just one city. I hope you do get to experience Paris some day. With your love of learning, I know you'll enjoy your visit immensely.


onlooker 4 years ago

You've captured some of France's historical background beautifully. Loved the pictures and I enjoyed learning too although I failed miserably on the quiz. Thank you, Daisy.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Ava (onlooker),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my articles. I'm amazed that I was able to get the history of Paris into a few paragraphs. Wikimedia Commons was a great resource for the photographs for this Hub.


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

Great.

I like Paris.

I got 60% on the quiz, having decided to take it before reading the hub :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Trish,

Thanks so much for taking the quiz....

Have you now read the article?!?


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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi Daisy :)

Yes, I read your articles, after trying the quizzes :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Trish,

Thanks for visiting again. May I suggest that with my next quiz, you read the article first?!?


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StellaSee 4 years ago from California

Hi Daisy! I just finished taking this quiz and I scored 80%! (But that was after I watched the video on my second try) I wonder when I'll score above 50% the first time around..


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Stella,

It's nice to hear from you again. My next geography quiz will probably be about Greece. Have you ever been there?


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Well I obviously know very little about Paris, France! But I did learn a bunch by taking your quiz! Another fun and challenging experience.

Hubhugs~


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

India (K9keystrokes),

Thanks for your virtual visit to Paris. My articles and the associated quizzes are a fun way to learn, aren't they?


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

I failed the quiz. Well, I have been to Paris a few years ago but still I failed. I´m sorry about this. I learned a lot from your hub. Thanks for SHARING.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Thelma,

Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting. The important part of my geography articles is the knowledge that one gains from reading them, not the quiz scores.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I sure wish I could spend a year or ten hanging out over there. I'd imagine I would learn to fit in...and I'd probably not stop being inspired by the differences of it all, and having so much to learn. :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

60% scored and I'm pleased with that because I have not visited Paris (except DisneyLand which doesn't count). Great video Daisy and the article whets the appetite for a visit to the city which I would enjoy very much - all of those old buildings, churches, cathedrals and of course - the entertainment! Paris seems to have it all.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Wesman,

Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and taking the quiz. With your personality, my friend, I'm sure you charm the women wherever you travel. Paris is a fascinating city that can be enjoyed on many levels. I hope you do get to visit the City of Lights some day.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie (Jools99),

Thanks for viewing my video and reading the article. Both of those are what's important, not one's quiz score. Whenever I write one of my geography articles and quizzes, I want to revisit the area about which I've written. Paris is no exception.


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mystic amy 2 years ago

Great fun. I studied for years in France, speak French but I'm an American from Illinois whose lived in San Diego 20 (Woaw!) years now. Plus, I'm getting married to a French Speaking Belgian man who I met when I studied in Europe! Off to Europe I go again - to marry!

Thanks. ~ Mystic Amy

Hubber since - dunno - 2009 ish!

Blessings.


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Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Amy,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Best wishes to your fiancé and you.

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