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1. How many letters does the modern French alphabet have?
a) 25
b) 26
c) 30
d) 32

The French alphabet has the same number of letters as the English alphabet.

2. How many different accents are used for French vowels?
a) 2
b) 3
c) 4
d) 5

The French alphabet uses five different accents: l'accent aigu, l'accent grave, l'accent circonflexe, le tréma, and la cédille. All of the accents except la cédille are used for French vowels.


3. Bien merci means:
a) good night
b) good, thanks
c) good day
d) very pretty

Bien means "good" and merci means "thanks."

4. Je m'appelle means:
a) How are you?
b) I am fine
c) My name is
d) I love apples

Example: "Je m'appelle Pierre" means "My name is Pierre."

5. What does aimer mean?
a) to aim
b) to like
c) to live
d) to love

Aimer means "to like."

6. True or False: The proper way to pronounce the letter "g" in French is like a soft "g" (zhee).
TRUE
FALSE

Some other tricky letters to pronounce in French are "j," "e," "q," and "r."

7. French accents are used to:
a) change the pronunciation of a vowel
b) differentiate between similarly spelled words
c) both a and b
d) none of the above

French accents are used both to change the pronunciation of a vowel and to differentiate between similarly spelled words.

8. Which accent is used with a consonant instead of a vowel?
a) la cédille
b) l'accent aigu
c) l'accent grave
d) le tréma

La cédille is used with a consonant, the French "c," and looks like "á."

9. Words in different languages that share a common ancestor are called:
a) cousins
b) roots
c) conjunctions
d) cognates

There are many French/English cognates, like la passion and "passion" that have similar spellings and meanings often mean the same thing in both languages.


10. How could you answer someone if they asked you "Comment-vas tu?"
a) Formidable!
b) "Je m'appelle Leon"
c) "Enchanté"
d) "J'ai des oiseaux orange"

"Comment-vas tu?" means "How are you?" Formidable means "great." (And "J'ai des oiseaux orange" means "I have orange birds.")

11. What is the appropriate response when someone asks you, "Comment t'appelles-tu?"
a) "Enchanté"
b) "Je m'appelle Pierre"
c) "Kick them in the shins"
d) "Bien merci, et toi?"

"Comment t'appelles-tu?" means "What is your name?" "Je m'appelle Pierre" means "My name is Pierre."

12. To ask a stranger how he's doing today, you would say:
a) "Comment-vas tu?"
b) "Comment allez-vous?"
c) "Waaazzz-up?"
d) "Comment t'appelles-tu?"

Since you are talking to a stranger, use the formal vous.

13. True or False: The formal form of "you" is nous.
TRUE
FALSE

The formal form of "you" is tu.


14. The most basic form of a verb is called the:
a) derivative
b) infinitive
c) implicative
d) superlative

All other forms of a verb are based on the infinitive.

15. Which of the following verbs are written in order of increasing preference?
a) détester, adorer, aimer
b) adorer, aimer, détester
c) adorer, détester, aimer
d) détester, aimer, adorer

To hate, to like, to love. That, my friend, is the one!


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