Question 34: Describe in Detail How to Bone a Quail

Canadian immigration is very sensibly points-based (have I mentioned how wonderful Canada is?). They assess work experience, age, education, language skills, and adaptability. If you score 75 out of a possible 100, you stand a good chance of getting residency under a Skilled Worker Program. By passing a fairly stiff French test set by the Paris Chamber of Commerce, you gain an extra eight maple leaf points.

So I spent yesterday studying for the Test d’Evaluation de Francais on the beach at Lake Superior. I ran through multiple choice tests, getting advanced scores on comprehension and terrible scores on grammar, as usual. And I enjoyed it greatly, schoolgirl swot that I am. In particular, the French slant to the questions tickles me. Sample question 27 is Recette Gourmande: Coulis aux Poires, which describes the four steps needed to make Pear Coulis, but in the wrong order. The student is expected to pick the correct sequence. Do not guess, they warn. You will be penalized for wrong answers.

Do you add the vanilla and lemon juice first, and then mix in the sugar? Or is it the other way around?

What, are you a crazy American barbarian? Of course you mix the sugar in first to make a Coulis aux Poires! Minus one point for the MacDonalds-chewing savage!

It’s the little things that make me want to move to Paris.

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