1. Globe-2Sculptures of a female figure symbolizing the French nation can be found in most city halls in France. What is this symbol’s name?
    A. Brigitte
    B. Catherine
    C. Marianne
  2. True of false: The names Sinead, Shena, and Sheena are all Irish versions of the English name Jane.
  3. In Singapore, if you meet a Chinese woman named Li Chu Chin, what would be the most proper way to address her in English?
    A. Madame Li
    B. Madame Chu
    C. Madame Chin
  4. The names Frances and Francis sound alike in English. One spelling is generally used for men, the other for women. True or false: Frances is the most common version used for a woman.
  5. In the Middle East, you might see the name Khadijah binti Oman. True or false: Even if you did not know Khadijah was a woman’s name, you could still discern her gender.
  6. The sirens encountered by Odysseus on his long journey had counterparts in Germanic mythology. True or false: The most famous of the Germanic sirens was named Lorelei.
  7. True or false: You can probably identify the gender of traditional Japanese speakers from transcripts of their dialogue.
  8. In Sweden, the names Sara, Margareta, Johanna, Magdalena, Emma, and Kristina all refer to:
    A. The names of days celebrated during “Woman Week” on the traditional Swedish calendar.
    B. The names of female characters in Ingmar Bergman’s early films
    C. A singing group known as the Andrewsson Sisters
  9. Australia has many distinctive slang terms. True or false: A Margaret is the most common slang term for a young woman in Australia.
  10. In the Italian tradition, an old woman on a donkey brings gifts to children on the Eve of the Epiphany, which is January 5. What is the name of this old woman?
    A. Antonia
    B. Befana
    C. Centimani

Answers

  1. C. Her image also appears on French coinage.
  2. True. Variations of the name Jane exist in many languages.
  3. A. Chinese names are presented in the opposite order from Western names. If her name is Li Chu Chin, Li is her surname and Chin is her first name.
  4. True. The mnemonic device is “E is for hEr (FrancEs) and I is for him(FrancIs).”
  5. True. The term binti (somtimes spelled “binty” or “binte” in English) means “daughter of.”
  6. True This siren lured sailors on the Rhone River rather than in the Mediterranean.
  7. True. Japanese women traditionally used a highly deferential form of the language called nyobo kotoba.
  8. A. This week falls in late July.
  9. False. Sheila is the most common term for a woman. Margaret is an Australian surfing term for a big wave.
  10. B. On the same night, children often dress up as old people called befani and go door to door collecting treats.