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French Geography Quiz

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  1. What is the longest river in France? It is the third longest river in Europe, after the Danube and the Volga.
  2. Consisting of mountains and plateaus, what name is given to the highland region in the middle of southern France covering about 15% of mainland France?
  3. Name the hilly peninsular region which is bordered by the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south?
  4. What is the second-largest city in France?
  5. By what name do the English better know the Cote d'Azur?
  6. Which French city, among the largest and most important cities on the Rhine, is located at the border with Germany in the historic region of Alsace?
  7. What is the highest mountain in France?
  8. Because of it's geographical shape, France is sometimes given what nickname?
  9. Which mountain range straddles the border of France and Spain?
  10. France is divided into 13 Regions, which are divided into 101 what?
  11. Which lake is the deepest located entirely within France, and depending on season is either the largest or second largest after Lac de Grand-Lieu?
  12. Which strong, northwesterly cold wind, blows from southern France into the Gulf of Lion?
  13. Which city on the Bay of Biscay in southwestern France, adjacent to Bayonne and Anglet, is located 22 miles from the Spanish border?
  14. Which city advertises itself as the "Capital of the Alps" due to its proximity to the mountains?
  15. Corsica is the fourth-largest island in the Mediterranean; can you name it's capital city?
  16. Which city, the fourth largest city in France, is known as 'the Pink City' due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings?
  17. Which port is the second largest in France, after that of Marseille?
  18. In which range of low mountains in Eastern France near the German border is the Grand Ballon the highest peak?
  19. What did the Romans call France?
  20. The name of which coastal French department in Normandy literally means "the sleeve" in English?
  21. Which port city lies on the river Garonne in Southwestern France?
  22. Which coastal town in the Var department is 42 miles west of Nice?
  23. Which city is the third-largest French city near the Mediterranean coast, behind Marseille and Nice.
  24. The River Seine is navigable by ocean-going vessels as far as which inland city, 75 miles away from the coast?
  25. Which city in Loire-Atlantique on the Loire, is 31 miles from the Atlantic coast?


  1. The Loire
  2. The Massif Central
  3. Brittany
  4. Marseille
  5. French Riviera
  6. Strasbourg
  7. Mont Blanc
  8. The Hexagon
  9. The Pyrenees
  10. Departments
  11. Lake Bourge, or Lac du Bourget
  12. Le Mistral
  13. Biarritz
  14. Grenoble
  15. Ajaccio
  16. Toulouse
  17. Le Havre
  18. The Vosges
  19. Gaul
  20. La Manche
  21. Bordeaux
  22. Saint-Tropez
  23. Montpellier
  24. Rouen
  25. Nantes

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