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Can you name the facts associated with Bastille Day?
Updated Jul 15, 2015
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Because it's a French holiday, answers are accepted in both English and French.
Countries of the French Empire
On what day is Bastille Day celebrated?
July 14 is also a national holiday in Iraq called Republic Day.
It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in what year?
Though the French Revolution began in 1789, the king remained on the throne for three more years.
The storming of the Bastille was prompted largely by the king's dismissal three days earlier of what finance minister, a popular reformer?
He was reinstated five days after the Bastille fell. Necker's daughter was Madame de Staël, a writer and intellectual leader.
The primary goal for storming the Bastille was to obtain what?
Thousands of pounds of gunpowder were stored at the Bastille. The revolutionaries had already seized thousands of muskets at the Hôtel des Invalides, but the muskets lacked gunpowder.
Within four, how many prisoners were freed from the Bastille that day?
One, Auguste Tavernier, was arguably a political prisoner for his alleged role in a plot to kill the previous king. The others were four forgers, a lunatic, and a sexual deviant.
After he was killed, Bernard-René de Launay, the prison's governor, befell what fate?
His head was severed, impaled on a pike, and carried through the streets of Paris.
What notorious writer was transferred from the Bastille to an insane asylum ten days before it was stormed?
On July 2, the Marquis de Sade attracted a crowd by delivering an anti-royalist speech from a tower window. He was promptly transferred two days later.
From 1698 to 1703, the Bastille's most famous inmate was what mysterious figure, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Chamberlain?
His mask was actually made of black velvet, not iron. Alexandre Dumas helped popularize the theory that he was the twin brother of Louis XIV.
What writer, an icon of the Enlightenment, was imprisoned in the Bastille in 1717 and 1726?
The first time was for writing verses critical of the regent; the second was for challenging an aristocrat to a duel.
Which Charles Dickens novel prominently features the storming of the Bastille?
One character, Dr. Manette, went mad during 18 years in the Bastille. On the bright side, he learned shoemaking in prison.
The key to the Bastille was subsequently given to what American?
The Marquis de Lafayette sent him the key in 1790; it is now on display at Washington's Mount Vernon estate.
The French Revolution ultimately led to the downfall of which king?
He was arrested in August 1792 and guillotined in January 1793. After being ousted, he was called Citizen Louis Capet.
What single word did the king write in his diary on the day the Bastille was stormed?
To be fair, it was his hunting diary, and no hunt took place that day.
Napoleon later ordered the construction of a giant statue of what animal on the site where the Bastille once stood?
The planned bronze statue was never built, but a full-scale plaster model stood in its place, 24 meters (78 feet) tall.
Each year, Bastille Day is celebrated with a military parade on what famed Parisian street?
Its name is French for 'Elysian fields,' the home of blessed souls in Greek mythology.
In 1998, Bastille Day was especially festive, coming two days after a French victory in what event?
France hosted the 1998 World Cup and won it for the first time, defeating Brazil 3-0 in the final.
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