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Mon July 14, 2014
'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler
Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 8:52 am
Not so for the French, who have "La Marseillaise," composed by Claude Joseph de Lisle in 1792 as the French Revolution was in full swing. With its steady, martial beat and pleasing melody, the French anthem has found its way into many other contexts, musical and otherwise. For Bastille Day — the French holiday celebrating the fall of the Bastille in Paris, signaling the start of the French Revolution — test your level of Francophilia with a "Marseillaise" quiz.
Score high and feel strong enough to topple a monarchy. Score low and ... eat your cake.