Re: RARA-AVIS: Black Money & the Test Questions

From: Gratefulbear (
Date: 08 Jan 2005

I have absolutely no knowledge of French, and I've never studied French culture, but I was able to answer 3 of the 5 questions.

pax/shalom/salaam, Darrell

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Jeff Vorzimmer
  Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 9:32 PM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Black Money & the Test Questions

> I agree with Bill that the test questions are ridiculous, as the man who
  writes them knows the
> answers and is not himself French, so obviously others could, as well.

  I agree. As a typical American working-class stiff, albeit with a college
  degree, with just a passing knowledge of French culture, I was able to
  answer four out of the five test questions. It was only because I don't
  speak French and had read Flowers of Evil in translation that I didn't
  recognize the quote at first.

  I think any educated person with a working knowledge of French would have
  been able to answer all of the questions. The first film version of Les
  Liaisons (the "modernized" version) was a fairly recent release in the
  States at that time.


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