Assignment #1




  1. What was the impact of the American Revolution on France and on the rest of Europe?
  2. Even though the French government was no more tyrannical or unjust in the late 1780s than it had been in the past, what failed in France's political system and society that set off a revolution?
  3. What were some of the economic reforms proposed by Jacques Turgot?  Why did he fail?
  4. How was Necker's approach to dealing with France's financial difficulties different from Turgot?
  5. What were Charles Calonne's economic proposals?  Why was he shocked at the refusal of the Assembly of Notables to endorse them?
  6. Why was the Estates-General reconvened after a century and a half?
  7. In the local elections which ultimately sent representatives to the Estates General, which groups held a majority in each Estate?
  8. What was Abbé Sieyès's view of the third estate?  Why did the third estate clash with the other privileged estates? 
  9. Explain the actions taken in creating the National Assembly.
  10. What was the significance of the fall of the Bastille?  Why did it help save the National Assembly and the Revolution?
  11. Trace and account for the increasing intervention of the peasants and other commoners in the summer and early fall of 1789.
  12. What was the Great Fear?  What was its impact on the National Assembly?
  Assignment #2




  1. List the major political and philosophical principles espoused in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.

  2. How did Edmund Burke counter the views expressed in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen?

  3. What type of government was established by the Constitution of 1791?  Which groups were dissatisfied?  Why?

  4. How did Olympe de Gouge's reworking of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen transform its meaning?  How did male revolutionaries respond to her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen?

  5. What practical role did women actually play in the French Revolution?

  6. Identify some of the gains made by women during the French Revolution.

  7. How did the French revolutionaries deal with the issue of race and discrimination regarding Jews, and free Negroes and mulattos [in France's Caribbean colonies]?

  8. How did the National Assembly restructure France administratively?

  9. How did the National Assembly apply revolutionary ideas to the economy?

  10. What were the policies of the National Assembly toward the Catholic Church?  How did these policies revolutionize church-state relationships throughout France and the rest of Western Europe?

  11. What were the consequences of the government policy of selling church lands and issuing assignats?

  12. What was the reaction of the various European governments to the revolutionary events in France?

  13. How did the Brunswick Manifesto affect developments in France?

  14. Why did the Legislative Assembly disappear and a new National Convention emerge?

  Assignment #3




  1. Why were peasants and urban workers dissatisfied with the course of events by late 1791-early 1792?
  2. Who were the Jacobins?  the sans-culotte?  Why did the latter support the former?
  3. Why might the insurrection of August, 1792 be called the "Second" French Revolution?
  4. What caused the French Revolution to enter a second, more radical phase?
  5. Who were the Girondins and the Montagnards [Mountain]?  What were their political points of view?  Who were their major supporters?
  6. What political positions did the centrists [the Plain] take?
  7. What groups represented the counter-revolutionary forces in 1792-1794?  What characterized the regions in which counter-revolutionary movements emerged?
  8. What role did the Jacobin Club play in the "Second" French Revolution?
  9. Why could it be said about the French Revolution [and other revolutions in history] that "revolutions devour their children?"
  10. Why did the Reign of Terror occur?
  11. Which social classes in revolutionary France were most affected by the Terror?   least affected?   Why?
  12. What type of government did Robespierre try to create in 1792-1794?  Identify some of the specific changes and programs introduced.
  13. How were radical women treated by the Jacobin?
  14. How was the French army becoming more egalitarian and democratic by the end of 1793?
  Assignment #4



  1. Textbook Quiz --> chapter 20
  2. Other Quizzes:  A   B 
Outlines / Lecture Notes:
  1. "1300-1815" (Mr. Mercado)
  2. "The French Revolution" (Paul Halsall, Fordham University)
  3. lecture outline --> "The French are Revolting" (Prof. David McGee, Central Virginia Community College)
Review Sheets:
  1. Mine
  2. Giant EHAP Review Sheet by a student from the class of '04, Horace Greeley HS
  3. chart -->  "Causes of the French Revolution."
  4. chart --> "Social History Study Guide" (Mr. Mercado)
  5. chart --> "The Rise of Constitutionalism and Liberalism" (Mr. Mercado)



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