Multiple Choice French Citizenship Test

What exactly does democracy mean for its citizens? That's what France wants its newcomers to know. The test was first proposed by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy in 2003.

1. Can a married man be convicted for raping his wife?

a) No, there is no such thing as rape in marriages.

b) No, the woman should be grateful.

c) No, the law protects a married man.

d) Yes.

2. The principle of individual liberty implies:

a) that the French must not marry until they have lived together for 10 years.

b) that there is no privacy of correspondence in France.

c) that two men can live as a couple.

d) that the French must not have more than two children.

3. The "Garde des Sceaux" is:

a) the President of the Republic.

b) the Prime Minister.

c) the Minister of Justice.

d) the President of the European Union.

4. In France, church and state have been separated since:

a) 1705

b) 1805

c) 1905

d) 2004

5. Foreigners residing in France can:

a) request a permit for travelling within the country.

b) move freely within the country, as long as they come from the EU.

c) move freely within the country.

d) leave the country at will, but not return without a visa.

6. The three branches of social security are:

a) Healthcare, Care for the Elderly, Family

b) Sickness, Death, Exhaustion

c) Family, Friends, Neighbors

d) Age, Retirement, Pension

7. Marriage must be freely consented to:

a) by husband and wife.

b) by the husband and the parents of the wife.

c) by the husband, his parents and those of the wife.

d) by the parents of the husband and those of the wife.

8. The overseas territories (territories d'outre-mer, TOM) are:

a) Wallis and Futuna, Réunion, New Caledonia, St. Pierre and Miquelon.

b) French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Guayana, New Caledonia.

c) St. Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia, Mayotte, French Polynesia.

d) Mayotte, Réunion, Guayana, Wallis and Futuna.

9. According to article 3 of the 1958 constitution, what are the two ways in which the people can exercise national sovereignty?

a) by its representatives and by means of referenda.

b) by revolution and by strikes.

c) by elections and demonstrations.

d) by referenda and plebiscites.

10. Slavery was definitively abolished in the colonies in:

a) 1868

b) 1972

c) 1640

d) 1912


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