A Fun Quiz About Provence: WIN a copy of ‘An Insider’s Guide to Provence’

Provence is a region with a long and rich history, going back to the days of the Gauls. But how much do you really know about it?

Our series ‘Only in Provence‘ dives into Provence’s unique history and culture—its popes, its relationship to nature, its monsters, and saints. And now here’s a fun quiz for you, with 14 multiple-choice questions. You can find the answers at the bottom or—even better—in the articles themselves.

Fun Quiz About Provence – Let’s go!

Brilliant Roussillon: Only in Provence Part 1

1.Why did the ochre quarries of Roussillon go out of business?
a. The quarries were depleted of their ochre
b. French labor laws made the quarries uncompetitive
c. New synthetic dyes were cheaper
d. Earth tones didn’t go with groovy 1960s fashions

2.Near Roussillon is another ochre region called?
a. Terre des Couleurs
b. Colorado Provençal
c. L’Arc-en-Ciel
d. Centre Roy G. Biv

Carrières de Lumières: Only in Provence Part 2

3. This famous sound-and-light show near Les Baux-de-Provence takes place inside:
a. An abandoned quarry
b. An underground grotto
c. A former foundry
d. An oversized Amazon warehouse

4. The Carrières des Lumières has been recreated in Paris, Bordeaux, and
a. New York
b. Sydney
c. South Korea
d. The North Pole

Legends of Provence: Only in Provence Part 3

5. Saint Martha subdued this terrible monster
a. The Drac
b. The Tarasque
c. The Beast of Gévaudan
d. Godzilla

6. Who else was in Mary Magdalene’s boat when it landed at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer?
a. Lazarus and Mary Salomé
b. Maximan and Mary Jacobé
c. Joseph and the Virgin Mary
d. Peter, Paul, and Mary

Jewish Provence: Only in Provence Part 4

A Fun Quiz About Provence: WIN a copy of 'An Insider’s Guide to Provence'


Jewish Provence: Only in Provence Part 4

7. During the Middle Ages, the Jews of Provence lived under the protection of:
a. The King of France
b. The Holy Roman Emperor
c. The Pope
d. Golda Meir


8. French Jews were finally granted full French citizenship thanks to:
a. The Edict of Nantes
b. The French Revolution
c. The Dreyfus Affair
d. The Magna Carta

The Animal Kingdom: Only in Provence Part 5

9. St. Eloi is the patron saint of:
a. Horses
b. Goats
c. Sheep
d. Escargot


10 A transhumance is:
a. When an alchemist turns lead into gold
b. What Nostradamus predicted as the future of humanity
c. The movement of sheep to higher pastures for the summer
d. What you experience if you drink too much pastis

Roman Provence: Only in Provence Part 6

11. This hub of the Roman Empire was known as “the most Roman city outside of Rome.”
a. Nîmes
b. Arles
c. Vaison-la-Romaine
d. Pizza Hut World Headquarters


12. The Pont du Gard aqueduct is as tall as:
a. Windsor Palace
b. An 18-story-building
c. The Eiffel Tower
d. Wilt Chamberlain

The Popes of Provence: Only in Provence Part 7


The Popes of Provence: Only in Provence Part 7

13. How many French Popes were there during the Avignon Papacy (not counting antipopes)?
a. 3
b. 5
c. 7
d. 9 if you include Pope Joan


14. How do some in Rome today snidely refer to the Avignon Papacy?
a. The Dark Ages
b. The Babylonian Captivity
c. The Prodigal Sin
d. The French Connection


What a fun quiz about Provence! Did you know that Keith has just written a super book for those who love Provence ‘An Insider’s Guide to Provence’ and you can win a copy? see how below.

  1. How well do you know Provence? What was your score? Share your score with us in comments below…
  2. And to be in the draw to win one of two eBooks: ‘An Insider’s Guide to Provence’ by Keith Van Sickle please answer this question in the comments:
    – What is your favorite thing to see or do in Provence? If you haven’t been there, what would you most like to see or do if you were to visit? We’ll draw 2 random winners from the comments left below.

Image Credits:

  1. Roussillon: Pixabay
  2. Van Gogh: Culturespaces
  3. Tarasque and Martha: Legendes de Provence by Eugene Bressy, illustration by Maria Crozet via Amazon.com 
  4. Synagogue: Carpentras synagogue website
  5. Transhumance: Keith Van Sickle
  6. Nîmes arena: via Nîmes Tourist Office, photo credit OT Nîmes
  7. Pope Innocent VI: from a work which is in the public domain
  8. Aix-en-Provence: by Andrea Schaffer via Flickr – Feature image

CLICK THROUGH HERE where the answers can be found – Easy fun quiz – test how much you know about Provence – with tips. 


About the Contributor

Keith Van Sickle

I am a lifelong traveler who lives part of the year in Provence. I am the author of Are We French Yet and One Sip at a Time, as well as the upcoming An Insider’s Guide to Provence, all available at Amazon. You can follow me on Facebook,  Twitter and keithvansickle.com.

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  1. Lis Steeden Dec 6, 2021 at 9:02 AM - Reply

    Learned more about my region…got 12 right…?

  2. Cyndi White Jan 5, 2022 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Lovely history of my favorite region ! I’ve been to many of these places but didn’t know all these gems . Merci à mille ! Bonne Année ?

  3. Francois de Melogue Jan 6, 2022 at 5:16 AM - Reply

    Love it – though I want to choose two answers for this question:

    A transhumance is: when the sheep go to higher ground because I drank too much pastis. Hahaha – Keep up the great work!

    When an alchemist turns lead into gold
    What Nostradamus predicted as the future of humanity
    The movement of sheep to higher pastures for the summer
    What you experience if you drink too much pastis

  4. Debbie Jan 8, 2022 at 8:12 PM - Reply

    Saint Remy-de-Provence for the art, Eze for the fragrance and Avignon for the bridge & lavender.

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