January 09, 2008
Happy Birthday Simone!

Today marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir. “At 15,” Wikipedia tells us, “Simone de Beauvoir had already decided she would be a famous writer.” Apparently this is a legitimate aspiration for the French, following perhaps the example of Victor Hugo’s “I will be Chateaubriand or I will be nothing.”

Fans of de Beauvoir might enjoy the quiz at the Guardian. My score: 8 out of 10.

BTW, don’t click the photo until you’ve been quizzed (if you intend to be); the Wikipedia entry has the answers to some of the questions.

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Posted by Chuck Dupree at January 09, 2008 05:25 AM
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I got five out of ten. But I don't know anything about her, never heard of her, and it was pure guessing. I guess I get an F, although statistically, I shouldn't have been able to do that well. I haven't looked it up, but she must have been a feminist.

Posted by: Buck on January 9, 2008 8:24 AM

A good test-taker can always do okay, and there was certainly a lot of room for guessing to work, given the questions...

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on January 9, 2008 8:27 AM

I will be New York steak or I will be nothing. Chateaubriand has gristle.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on January 9, 2008 2:22 PM
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