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Duskygrin
02-04-2007, 08:45 AM
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wheelchairman
02-04-2007, 08:49 AM
Lol literacy.

Lodat225
02-04-2007, 08:57 AM
Nobody cares.

wheelchairman
02-04-2007, 09:02 AM
I edited my response. lol.

Forza
02-04-2007, 09:49 AM
Lodat was right. Nobody cares about France, let alone French writers.

killer_queen
02-04-2007, 10:56 AM
Well, Balzac wasn't an aristocrat, I guess. Because he had a hard life (or childhood) and all... I'm not sure. But this is the only question I can answer. Yeah, third one's answer is A.

JohnnyNemesis
02-04-2007, 11:01 AM
Pfft, Frenchies don't write!

killer_queen
02-04-2007, 11:15 AM
I'm kinda sad because you didn't mention Beauvoir. I'm not an French literature expert so it wouldn't be right to compare her with the other authors but she sure is one the best writers I've known. I may be admire her because she's a woman too but definitely, it's not the only reason.

killer_queen
02-04-2007, 11:38 AM
Yeah, I'm not familiar with french literature. I was a little girl when I tried to read my first Balzac and it gave me headaches. Now I'm almost 18 and it still gives me headaches. It's just too..I don't know what word you use for it..heavy?

I do like some of them, though. Like Maupassant, he's one of my favourite authors. Oh anyway, it seems like I'm not good at talking about literature and books. I'll shut up.

And yes, I'd love to know the answers.

el_monkey
02-04-2007, 11:52 AM
needs some "Promettez!"

el_monkey
02-04-2007, 11:58 AM
ok...


pm

to be continued

el_monkey
02-04-2007, 12:08 PM
hm sorry. thought about this, but then I read killerqueen's post and was like "ah, ok"

Sin Studly
02-04-2007, 12:19 PM
1) Stendhal

2) Le Père Goriot

3) Honoré de Balzac

4) The Little Prince

5) Balzac (the Human Comedy)

6) de Chateaubriand

7) Charles Baudelaire

8) Rousseau

9) Marquis de Sades.

10) Verlaine

el_monkey
02-04-2007, 12:21 PM
did you rape google? (rape is a cool word)

Sin Studly
02-04-2007, 12:22 PM
I'm sorry. It's always been a problem I've had, saying de Chateaubriand instead of Chateaubriand. It's impaired my life in ways you cannot imagine.

el_monkey
02-04-2007, 12:24 PM
not quite, but you could open a "Re:~"-thread about this (the helen thingything)

ninthlayer
02-04-2007, 10:32 PM
Charles Baudelaire is the correct answer for all of those questions.

Sin Studly
02-04-2007, 10:40 PM
Fucking wow. Think of all the awful things I've done to Maria, all the morally reprehensible acts I've committed against an emotionally handicapped person. Never once did she ignorelist me before this.

But being an uncultured Australian and scoring well on her French literature test seems to be such a terrible act against her it's worthy of ignorelisting. What gives? Maria, are you such an elitist frog that you can't handle a colonial shackledragger knowing most of the answers to your shitty little test?

ninthlayer
02-04-2007, 11:09 PM
Fucking wow. Think of all the awful things I've done to Maria, all the morally reprehensible acts I've committed against an emotionally handicapped person. Never once did she ignorelist me before this.

But being an uncultured Australian and scoring well on her French literature test seems to be such a terrible act against her it's worthy of ignorelisting. What gives? Maria, are you such an elitist frog that you can't handle a colonial shackledragger knowing most of the answers to your shitty little test?
Quoted for supposed ignorelisting.

postscript:

Iamstupid
02-05-2007, 09:04 AM
Okay, I try but I'm not specialist in autors' lifes, I prefer read their books instead of know their political/social/sex stories:D. But I try (I'll dishonor the French :rolleyes: )

1.Stendhal
2.Hernani
3.Balzac
4.Around the world in 80 days
5.Madame de Staël
6.Flaubert
7.André Breton
8.Emile Zola
9.Hugo
10.Verlaine

Iamstupid
02-05-2007, 11:56 AM
Hello cocotte! Glad to see you here -for a change. I had a great day btw -a friend asked me the money for lunch & I told him I wasn't going to lend him any money, I may be crazy but not that crazy & I just knew I'd never get my money back. Whereupon ensued the funniest scenes, he started shouting in the middle of the cafeteria, beating his chest & the table & proclaiming that he was no thief, no criminal. Bloody hell it was great. In the end he just used his credit card, I think. I just said that to provoke him, had he been in dire straits I'd given him the money of course -I may be a bitch, but not that much of a bitch.

Right. Onto the quiz. Well, glad you just answered off the top of your head, it'll leave us the opportunity to actually discuss the authors & their works, & not just dismiss them & acting like a smart aleck (see above for what I mean). Answering right is not what's most important, I think genuine curiosity & interest for those guys matters much more than just showing off knowledge sucked on the internet.

You talk like my mother! She too is more interested in their works than their lives. I'm interested in everything, as long as I revere the author & his works stir me, I wanna know every little thing about them. One thing that gobsmacked me was to learn that Jules Verne never actually travelled, for instance.

So the first one you got correct. For more insight, the circumstances when he chose this pseudonym are rather obscure. Nobody knows exactly why. It may have to do with a German writer or an English town. But noone knows for sure.

The second one you got wrong. Rastignac cries out those words, shaking his fist to defy the city, at the end of Le Père Goriot, by Balzac. Hernani is the notorious play by Victor Hugo. Have you studied the bataille d'Hernani? There were partisans of Hugo, & detractors. The former praised Hugo for his moving work, the latter insulted him for not taking into account the threefold rule of theatre: Qu'en un lieu, qu'en un... oh shit I forget the rest of the verse. Basically, one action, in one day, must take place around one single plot. & Hugo sweeped that rule aside & instaured romantic theatre instead.

The third you got right.

The fourth you got wrong, it was Le Petit Prince. It was translated in Latin, too.

The fifth you got wrong, it was Balzac & his Comédie Humaine.

The sixth you got wrong, it was Chateaubriand.

The seventh you got wrong, it was Baudelaire. André Breton positively abhorred Poe! He said about him "Let's spit, en passant, on Edgar Poe." I'm not even kidding you. I've no idea why he hated him though. Breton was a surrealist...

The eighth you got wrong, it was Rousseau. When he was showing off his nakedness on the streets to the girls who went by, policemen came to arrest him, whereupon he cried out that he was a nobleman who had escaped from his castle. What a darling.

The ninth you got wrong, it was Sade. But Hugo was a defender of human rights & lashed out against capital punishment as well. We've both read Le dernier jour d'un condamné...

The tenth you got right.

I'm exhausted! Who'd have thunk *crazy look*

My god I've almost got some wrong answers XD But I was sure for the tenth :p I've haven't studied La bataille D'Hernani, we've just talk a bit about that in French, but not so much or it was that I got disconnected ? It's totally possible. It's even probably the explanation because I've always got hours of French 2 by 2 before lunch or at 4h to 6h the friday so it's kinda hard to don't feel asleep.
And I talk as your mother ? Is it a compliment ? Maybe not, because it means that I think like someone, not old but more... how to say...old. But not with this word. (:confused: )
Ok I go out =>|

Iamstupid
02-05-2007, 12:25 PM
My mother's age is my own, like Pagnol said. Well, a tad bit older, perhaps. Maybe the word you were searching for was "mature"?

I gotta go shower anyway, be back later. haha yes you NEARLY got some answers wrong.

Do you try to say indirectly that I'm not "mature" ? XD And I nearly got some answers wrong, but a bit.
Good shower !

Sin Studly
02-05-2007, 05:37 PM
Maria, are you such an elitist frog that you can't handle a colonial shackledragger knowing most of the answers to your shitty little test?

Yeah, right here, frog.

Sin Studly
02-17-2007, 12:09 AM
Still waiting for my quiz results, you pretentious wretch.