ANSWERS – A Fun QUIZ: 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 are the ANSWERS to this fun quiz, with 14 multiple-choice questions.

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 – correct answer
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 – correct answer
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 – correct answer
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 – correct answer
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 – the correct answer
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 – correct
b. Maximan and Mary Jacobé – correct
c. Joseph and the Virgin Mary
d. Peter, Paul, and Mary

Jewish Provence: Only in Provence Part 4


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 – the correct answer
d. Golda Meir

8. French Jews were finally granted full French citizenship thanks to:
a. The Edict of Nantes
b. The French Revolution – the correct answer
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 – the correct answer
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 – the correct answer
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 – the correct answer
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 – the correct answer
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 – the correct answer
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 – the correct answer
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 
  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

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  1. Elisabeth Sauvage-Callaghan Dec 4, 2021 at 12:31 AM - Reply

    I got 13 right. I missed Korea, I answered New York. My bad.
    I do not know Provence at all, really, even though I am French!!! I would love to go to Avignon first, but there are many other places I would like to visit!

    • Judy MacMahon Dec 5, 2021 at 12:30 PM - Reply

      Bravo Elisabeth – fabulous effort! Thanks for sharing
      And you could visit Keith when you go to visit too 😉

  2. Cheryl Pasternack Jan 5, 2022 at 11:35 PM - Reply

    Zut! I thought I knew Provence better.

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