Paris Quiz: How Well Do You Know Paris?

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This fun book is a perfect stocking stuffer, the perfect book to take to Paris to use for a scavenger hunt, and perfect for the armchair traveler who loves trivia. There are more than 400 multiple-choice questions, by arrondissement, ranging from obscure lore to facts about well-known buildings, streets, ...
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Overview

This fun book is a perfect stocking stuffer, the perfect book to take to Paris to use for a scavenger hunt, and perfect for the armchair traveler who loves trivia. There are more than 400 multiple-choice questions, by arrondissement, ranging from obscure lore to facts about well-known buildings, streets, and statues with fascinating and often humorous histories.

Here’s a sample:
What color are all the illuminated signs on the Champs-ƒlys?es?
A Blue
B Green
C White

C: They are required to be white. Advertisers and merchants must conform to the decision of uniformity taken in the interest of aesthetics. Even McDonald’s had to swap its yellow M for a white one, making it the only exception in the world. Only pharmacies are allowed to break the rule.

In 1836 the ƒglise Saint-Cosme was demolished to make room on the boulevard Saint-Michel. The construction unearthed remains from an old cemetery adjoining the church. What was peculiar about it?
A It was an animal cemetery
B It was a cemetery for clergy
C It was a cemetery for hunchbacks

C: The church and its cemetery were located between the rue Racine and the rue des ƒcoles, on the current site of the Gibert bookstore. Using the shape of the remains most of the exhumed spinal columns were curved and presented malformations, it was deduced that it was a cemetery for hunchbacks.

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“You may know your Montmarte from your Latin Quarter, but can you remember what colour are the illuminated signs on the Champs-Elysées? Or how many lakes the Bois de Boulogne boasts? The answers to these capital queries, along with dozens more teasing snippets of trivia which are neatly divided into the relevant arrondissement–will have you flicking merrily through this educative jaunt around the streets of Paris and it’s sure to encourage repeat visits.” —French Magazine

“One for Paris-oholics, containing 400 questions to test how well you know Paris.”–Destination France

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892145826
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominique Lesbros is the author of numerous books, including Mus?es insolites de Paris Unusual Museums of Paris, D?couvertes insolites autour de Paris Unusual Discoveries Around Paris, and Les Coulisses de Paris Paris, Behind the Scenes.

Andrew Branch is a translator based in Portland, Oregon. Previously, he worked at The New York Review of Books.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

    Sharpen your pencils

    You could write a book about what I don't know about Paris. In fact, someone has, and this is it. The book is divided into twenty sections of multiple choice questions, arrondissements 1 - 20, with twenty corresponding answer sections that follow. Basing the sections on arrondissements is a nice idea that went right over my head until I looked up 'arrondissement' and found that it means neighborhood or district. (So that's what the map and big pencil at the beginning of each section mean. I just thought of it as attractive graphics.)

    Reading the book took a bit dexterity, since I kept flipping between the question and the answer sections. My lack of knowledge may have something to do with it, but I found the questions difficult and obscure, although I did guess a few correctly. I finally found a rhythm of reading a question, and then flipping back to the answer, then returning to the questions. Among the trivia I learned was that during the Middle Ages, the punishment for being found guilty of counterfeiting was to be dropped while still alive into a vat of boiling water. Ack! I'm not sure I needed to know that or not.

    I have the impression that the author expected the average reader to know more about Paris than I do but this is a neat little book, especially for someone who loves trivia. And I do.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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