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  • 1. 

    John Locke believed in the concept of natural rights of the indiividual. What famous documents did he help to influence in world history? 

    • A.

      Gettysburg Address

    • B.

      Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen

    • C.

      Declaration of Independence

    • D.

      Both B and C

    Correct Answer
    D. Both B and C
    Explanation
    John Locke's belief in the concept of natural rights of the individual influenced both the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and the Declaration of Independence. These documents were significant in world history as they asserted the rights and freedoms of individuals, including the right to life, liberty, and property. Locke's ideas on natural rights were foundational in shaping the principles of these documents, which have had a lasting impact on the development of democratic societies.

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  • 2. 

    Select the best definition of revolution.

    • A.

      Change

    • B.

      War

    • C.

      Conflict

    • D.

      Independence

    Correct Answer
    A. Change
    Explanation
    Revolution refers to a significant and fundamental change in a particular area or aspect. It can involve a complete transformation or a major shift from the existing state. This term is not limited to political or social contexts but can be applied to any field where a drastic and transformative change occurs. Therefore, "change" is the best definition for revolution as it encompasses the broad scope and nature of this term.

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  • 3. 

    American Revolution: "No taxation without representation" French Revolution: ________________________________

    • A.

      Reign of Terror

    • B.

      Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood

    • C.

      Freedom is here!

    • D.

      Opporunity for all- no more taxes!

    Correct Answer
    B. Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood." The French Revolution, similar to the American Revolution, was a period of social and political upheaval. It was characterized by the desire for individual freedoms and rights, equality among all citizens, and a sense of unity and fraternity among the people. These principles of liberty, equality, and brotherhood became the rallying cry of the French Revolution, reflecting the ideals and aspirations of the revolutionaries during that time.

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  • 4. 

    This group had the burden of paying all the taxes in the nation of France before the revolution?

    • A.

      First Estate

    • B.

      Second Estate

    • C.

      Third Estate

    • D.

      Fourth Estate

    Correct Answer
    C. Third Estate
    Explanation
    Before the French Revolution, the Third Estate, which consisted of the commoners, had the burden of paying all the taxes in the nation of France. The First Estate, made up of the clergy, and the Second Estate, composed of the nobility, were exempt from most taxes. This unfair taxation system was one of the main grievances that led to the revolution, as it placed a heavy financial burden on the majority of the population while the privileged classes enjoyed exemptions.

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  • 5. 

    I was the King of France when the French Revolution began.

    • A.

      King Louis XVI

    • B.

      King Henry VIII

    • C.

      Napoleon

    • D.

      King George III

    Correct Answer
    A. King Louis XVI
    Explanation
    King Louis XVI was the King of France when the French Revolution began. He ascended to the throne in 1774 and his reign was marked by economic crises and political unrest, which eventually led to the French Revolution in 1789. Louis XVI's inability to effectively address these issues and his resistance to reform ultimately led to his downfall. He was eventually overthrown, tried for treason, and executed in 1793 during the height of the revolution.

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  • 6. 

    This was the time of "radical" extreme leadership of the French Revolution in which many were executed in 1793-1794. 

    • A.

      Renaissance

    • B.

      Storming of the Bastille

    • C.

      Reformation

    • D.

      Regin of Terror

    Correct Answer
    D. Regin of Terror
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Regin of Terror". The given explanation suggests that during this time period, there was extreme leadership in the French Revolution which led to the execution of many individuals in 1793-1794. This aligns with the concept of the Reign of Terror, a period characterized by mass executions and political repression in France.

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  • 7. 

    A food shortage of bread caused unstable times for the people of France during the French Revolution.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During the French Revolution, France experienced a food shortage specifically of bread, which had a significant impact on the stability of the country. The scarcity of bread led to unrest and dissatisfaction among the people, as it was a staple food item for the majority of the population. This shortage exacerbated the already tense political and social climate, contributing to the instability of the time.

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  • 8. 

    What was the final fate of the King and Queen of France? 

    • A.

      They both escaped into Austria during the war

    • B.

      Both were killed by the King of Austria during the war

    • C.

      Both were executed by the guillotine

    • D.

      King Louis XVI was the only one to escape the death punishment during the Reign of Terror

    Correct Answer
    C. Both were executed by the guillotine
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that both the King and Queen of France were executed by the guillotine. This is historically accurate as King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were both executed during the French Revolution. The guillotine was a common method of execution during this time period, and it was used to execute many members of the French monarchy and aristocracy.

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  • 9. 

    The ideas of the Enlightenment were most strongly embraced by which of the following estate? 

    • A.

      First Estate

    • B.

      Second Estate

    • C.

      Third Estate

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Third Estate
    Explanation
    During the Enlightenment, the Third Estate, which consisted of the commoners, embraced the ideas of this intellectual and philosophical movement the most. The Enlightenment emphasized reason, individualism, and equality, which resonated with the Third Estate who were seeking political and social reforms. They were the largest estate and were burdened with heavy taxes and limited rights. The Enlightenment ideas fueled their desire for change and ultimately played a significant role in the French Revolution.

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  • 10. 

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair . . . " -----Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities, 1859 Using the quote from above, it is evident that Dickens was worried about social inequality. Who would be experiencing the best of times? The worst of times in French society?

    • A.

      Second Estate only

    • B.

      Third Estate only

    • C.

      First and Second Estates

    • D.

      Second Estate and Third Estate

    Correct Answer
    D. Second Estate and Third Estate
    Explanation
    Based on the quote provided, it can be inferred that Dickens was concerned about social inequality. The mention of "the best of times" and "the worst of times" suggests a stark contrast between the experiences of different groups in society. The Second Estate and Third Estate would be experiencing both the best and worst of times because they represent the majority of the population and are likely to face the consequences of social inequality. The First Estate, consisting of the clergy, and the Second Estate, consisting of the nobility, would not be experiencing the worst of times as they were part of the privileged class. Therefore, the correct answer is Second Estate and Third Estate.

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  • 11. 

    What is the main difference between what occurred in America and France in the years after their respective revolutions?

    • A.

      Violence increased in America afterward , and there was peace in France.

    • B.

       A volatile leadership existed increased in France with much violence, and there was democracy and peace in America.

    • C.

      A dictator took charge in America, and democracy flourished in France.

    • D.

      Both countries  had a long period of peace and stability in their governments.

    Correct Answer
    B.  A volatile leadership existed increased in France with much violence, and there was democracy and peace in America.
    Explanation
    After their respective revolutions, France experienced a volatile leadership with increased violence, while America had democracy and peace. This suggests that France struggled with instability and violence in its leadership, while America successfully established a democratic system and maintained peace.

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  • 12. 

    France was able to hold off  attacks by Great Britain, Austria, Spain and Prussia and regain some of the_______________it had lost.

    Correct Answer
    land, Land, territory
    Explanation
    France was able to hold off attacks by multiple countries and regain some of the land it had lost. The word "land" refers to a specific piece of territory, while "Land" emphasizes the importance and significance of the regained territory. "Territory" is a broader term that encompasses both land and any other geographical areas that France may have regained.

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  • 13. 

    All of the following were goals of the French Revolution except which one?

    • A.

      Abolish slavery

    • B.

      Liberty

    • C.

      Equality

    • D.

      Brotherhood

    Correct Answer
    A. Abolish slavery
    Explanation
    The French Revolution aimed to achieve liberty, equality, and brotherhood, but it did not specifically target the abolition of slavery as one of its goals. While the revolution brought about significant social and political changes, including the declaration of equal rights for all citizens, the issue of slavery was not directly addressed during this period. The focus of the revolution was primarily on overthrowing the monarchy, establishing a republic, and challenging the social and economic inequalities of the time.

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