Bastille Day is July 14 and commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which began the French Revolution.

Like St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo, more Americans are starting to celebrate Bastille Day.

And like those holidays, there's always the question of what folks actually know about the historical events surrounding them.

Let's find out what our contestants know about Bastille Day.

This week, current champ Dana Rutheimer is being challenged by Natalie Jessup, who's working as a lifeguard this summer.


1. What French queen allegedly declared "Let them eat cake"?

2. What are the colors of the French flag?

3. What year did the French Revolution begin?

4. The period of the Revolution that had executions and repression was known as what?

5. After the Revolution, what famously short man came to power?

6. What is the royal emblem of France?

7. Before the euro, what was France's national currency?

8. Who wrote "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"?

9. What was the official residence of the kings of France before the Revolution?

10. During the Revolution, what new invention was the preferred way of executing people?


1. That's got to be Marie Antoinette.

2. Blue, red and white

3. It wasn't long after ours ... 1789.

4. The Reign of Terror is the only thing that comes to mind.

5. Napoleon

6. Oh, I think you've stumped me.

7. The franc

8. Hugo

9. It's Versailles.

10. The guillotine, which was named after the inventor.


1. Marie Antoinette

2. Like ours: red, white and blue.

3. 1848

4. I don't know.

5. Napoleon Bonaparte

6. This one, I really don't know.

7. I don't remember.

8. Wasn't it Victor Hugo?

9. Versailles

10. I don't know.


Dana makes it two in a row and will return next week to test her knowledge against a new opponent.


1. Marie Antoinette

2. Blue, white and red

3. 1789

4. Reign of Terror

5. Napoleon Bonaparte

6. Fleur-de-lis

7. The franc

8. Victor Hugo

9. The Palace of Versailles

10. Guillotine