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Grade 8 French Revolution Unit


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  • 1. 

    Which of the three estates makes up O.5% of the poplutaltion of France?

    • A.

      First Estate (Clergy)

    • B.

      Second Estate (Nobility)

    • C.

      Third Estate

    • D.

      Peasants

    Correct Answer
    A. First Estate (Clergy)
    Explanation
    The First Estate, which consists of the Clergy, makes up only 0.5% of the population of France. This means that only a small portion of the population belongs to the religious clergy, such as priests, bishops, and other religious leaders. The other two estates, the Nobility and the Third Estate, which includes the Peasants, make up the majority of the population.

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  • 2. 

    ____________________ wrote the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

    Correct Answer
    National Assembly
    Delegates of the National Assembly
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the National Assembly. The National Assembly was responsible for writing the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. The delegates of the National Assembly were the individuals who participated in the process of drafting and finalizing this important document.

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  • 3. 

    What was the beginning of the Revolution?

    • A.

      The Guillotine

    • B.

      Versaille

    • C.

      Rise in Bread Prices

    • D.

      Marat

    Correct Answer
    C. Rise in Bread Prices
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Rise in Bread Prices." This answer suggests that the beginning of the Revolution was triggered by the increase in the cost of bread. This is a plausible explanation as the rising bread prices in France during the late 18th century led to widespread discontent among the lower classes, who relied heavily on bread as a staple food. The economic hardship caused by the high bread prices fueled social unrest and eventually contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution.

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  • 4. 

    Robespierre was the editor of L'ami de peuple.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Robespierre was not the editor of L'ami de peuple.

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  • 5. 

    What type of government did France have prior to the Revolution?

    • A.

      Republic

    • B.

      Absolute Monarch

    • C.

      Democracy

    Correct Answer
    B. Absolute Monarch
    Explanation
    France had an absolute monarchy prior to the Revolution. This means that the king or queen had complete control and authority over the government and the people. The monarch had the power to make decisions and pass laws without any checks or balances. The people had no say in the government and had limited rights and freedoms. This system ultimately led to widespread dissatisfaction and discontent among the French population, which eventually culminated in the French Revolution.

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  • 6. 

    In what year did the Revolution begin?

    • A.

      1776

    • B.

      1787

    • C.

      1789

    Correct Answer
    C. 1789
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1789 because this is the year that the French Revolution began. This revolution was a period of radical social and political upheaval in France, where the monarchy was overthrown and replaced with a republic. The revolution had a significant impact on not only France but also on the rest of Europe and the world.

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  • 7. 

    Who was the ruler of France at the beginning of the Revolution?

    • A.

      Louis XVI

    • B.

      Louis XIV

    • C.

      Louis X

    Correct Answer
    A. Louis XVI
    Explanation
    Louis XVI was the ruler of France at the beginning of the Revolution. He was the last king of France before the monarchy was abolished during the French Revolution. His reign was marked by economic crisis, political instability, and social unrest, which eventually led to the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789. Louis XVI's inability to effectively address these issues and his resistance to reform contributed to his downfall and eventual execution during the Reign of Terror.

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  • 8. 

    What philosophers ideas influenced the French people to revolt?

    • A.

      Locke

    • B.

      Hobbes

    • C.

      Montesquieu

    Correct Answer
    A. Locke
    Explanation
    The ideas of Locke influenced the French people to revolt because Locke's philosophy emphasized individual rights, natural law, and the consent of the governed. These ideas resonated with the French people who were seeking to challenge the absolute power of the monarchy and establish a more democratic society. Locke's belief in the right to rebel against unjust rulers provided intellectual justification for the French Revolution and inspired the French people to take action against their oppressive government.

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  • 9. 

    How many divisions was French society divided into?

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      1

    Correct Answer
    A. 3
    Explanation
    French society was divided into three divisions.

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  • 10. 

    What group made up the First Estate?

    • A.

      Clergy

    • B.

      Nobles

    • C.

      Commoners

    Correct Answer
    A. Clergy
    Explanation
    The First Estate was composed of the clergy. In the social structure of pre-revolutionary France, the clergy formed the highest-ranking group. They were the religious leaders and held significant power and influence in society. The First Estate included bishops, priests, monks, and nuns who were responsible for the administration of the Church and the spiritual guidance of the people. They enjoyed privileges and exemptions from certain taxes, which contributed to the growing discontent among the commoners and eventually led to the French Revolution.

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  • 11. 

    What group made up the Second Estate?

    • A.

      Clergy

    • B.

      Nobles

    • C.

      Commoners

    Correct Answer
    B. Nobles
    Explanation
    The Second Estate was made up of the nobles. In the social structure of pre-revolutionary France, the Second Estate consisted of the aristocracy and nobility. They held significant power and privileges, including exemption from certain taxes and the ability to hold high positions in government and the military. The nobles were a distinct social group, separate from the clergy (First Estate) and the commoners (Third Estate).

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  • 12. 

    What group made up the Third Estate?

    • A.

      Clergy

    • B.

      Nobles

    • C.

      Commoners

    Correct Answer
    C. Commoners
    Explanation
    The Third Estate was made up of commoners. This group consisted of the majority of the population in France during the French Revolution. It included peasants, workers, and the middle class who did not belong to the clergy or nobility. The commoners were heavily burdened by taxes and social inequalities, which led to their dissatisfaction and played a significant role in sparking the revolution.

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  • 13. 

    Which group paid taxes?

    • A.

      Clergy

    • B.

      Nobles

    • C.

      Commoners

    Correct Answer
    C. Commoners
    Explanation
    Commoners paid taxes because they were the ordinary people in society who were not part of the clergy or nobility. They were typically farmers, merchants, and laborers who had to contribute a portion of their income or goods as taxes to the government. This was a way for the ruling class to generate revenue and maintain their power and wealth. The clergy and nobles, on the other hand, often enjoyed exemptions from taxation due to their privileged positions in society.

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  • 14. 

    In which group did over 90% of the people fall into?

    • A.

      Clergy

    • B.

      Nobles

    • C.

      Commoners

    Correct Answer
    C. Commoners
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Commoners" because it is stated that over 90% of the people fell into this group. This implies that the majority of the population belonged to the commoners category, while the remaining percentage would be divided among the clergy and nobles.

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  • 15. 

    In which group did the French Middle Class fall into?

    • A.

      Clergy

    • B.

      Nobles

    • C.

      Commoners

    Correct Answer
    C. Commoners
    Explanation
    The French Middle Class fell into the group of Commoners. This group consisted of the majority of the population, including merchants, artisans, and professionals. They were not part of the Clergy or the Nobles, who held higher social status and often had privileges and power. The Middle Class played a significant role in French society during the time, as they were educated and influential in economic and intellectual spheres.

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  • 16. 

    Do you think the peasants could afford to pay taxes?

    • A.

      No

    • B.

      Yes

    Correct Answer
    A. No
    Explanation
    Given the question, "Do you think the peasants could afford to pay taxes?", the correct answer is "no." This implies that the peasants were not financially capable of paying taxes. This suggests that the peasants likely did not have enough income or resources to meet their basic needs, let alone afford additional expenses such as taxes.

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  • 17. 

    What people were considered the master minds behind the Revolution?

    • A.

      Skilled Workers

    • B.

      Peasants

    • C.

      Middle Class

    Correct Answer
    C. Middle Class
    Explanation
    The middle class is considered the masterminds behind the Revolution because they were educated, financially stable, and had the resources to organize and lead revolutionary movements. They played a crucial role in spreading revolutionary ideas, mobilizing the masses, and advocating for political and social change. Their social status and influence allowed them to bridge the gap between the working class and the ruling elite, making them key players in the revolutionary process.

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  • 18. 

    Did the royals spend a lot on luxury items/food?

    • A.

      No

    • B.

      Yes

    Correct Answer
    B. Yes
    Explanation
    The answer "Yes" suggests that the royals did spend a lot on luxury items and food. This implies that they had a tendency to indulge in extravagant purchases and enjoy high-end cuisine. It indicates that they had the financial means and the desire to live a lavish lifestyle, prioritizing opulence and luxury.

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  • 19. 

    What were the French women demanding the royals to give them?

    • A.

      Cake

    • B.

      Meat

    • C.

      Bread

    Correct Answer
    C. Bread
    Explanation
    During the French Revolution, the French women were demanding bread from the royals. This was because there was a severe shortage of bread due to economic crises and poor harvests. Bread was a staple food for the majority of the population, and the women saw it as a symbol of their basic survival needs. Their demand for bread reflected their frustration with the monarchy and their desire for economic equality and social justice.

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  • 20. 

    What event sparked the Revolution?

    • A.

      Nobles Attacking the King

    • B.

      Calvins and Catholic fighting

    • C.

      Storming of Bastille by the Third Estate

    Correct Answer
    C. Storming of Bastille by the Third Estate
    Explanation
    The Storming of Bastille by the Third Estate sparked the Revolution. The event took place on July 14, 1789, when a large group of French citizens, mainly from the Third Estate, stormed the Bastille prison in Paris. This event symbolized the people's anger and frustration towards the monarchy and their desire for political change. The storming of Bastille marked the beginning of the French Revolution, leading to the overthrow of the monarchy and the rise of the French Republic.

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  • 21. 

    The need for gunpowder and weapons led to

    • A.

      The Storming of the Bastille

    • B.

      The Declaration of the Rights of Man

    • C.

      The riots of 1791

    • D.

      War with Austria/Prussia

    Correct Answer
    A. The Storming of the Bastille
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Storming of the Bastille. The Storming of the Bastille was a significant event during the French Revolution, where a mob of revolutionaries attacked and captured the Bastille prison in Paris. The need for gunpowder and weapons was one of the main reasons for this attack, as the revolutionaries wanted to arm themselves and gain access to the ammunition stored in the prison. The Storming of the Bastille marked a turning point in the revolution and symbolized the overthrow of the monarchy and the beginning of the French Revolution.

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  • 22. 

    The Tennis Court Oath pledged

    • A.

      That the Third Estate would never belong to a Tennis club

    • B.

      That all tennis bracelets in France should be destroyed

    • C.

      That the Third Estate/National Assembly would remain together until a Constitution was written

    • D.

      That King Louis XVI should die

    Correct Answer
    C. That the Third Estate/National Assembly would remain together until a Constitution was written
    Explanation
    The Tennis Court Oath was a pivotal event during the French Revolution. It was a pledge made by members of the Third Estate, who represented the common people, to not disband until a new constitution was established. This oath was taken in response to the King's attempts to suppress the National Assembly. By remaining united, the Third Estate aimed to assert their power and demand political reforms. This commitment to stay together until a constitution was written demonstrated their determination to bring about change and establish a more democratic system in France.

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  • 23. 

    Which of the following were treasonous acts committed by Louis?

    • A.

      Supporting the Revolution

    • B.

      Declaring the National Assembly unconstitutional

    • C.

      Declaring war on Austria

    • D.

      Trying to escape France

    Correct Answer
    D. Trying to escape France
    Explanation
    Louis committing treason by trying to escape France can be seen as an act against the French government and the revolution. As the king, he had a responsibility to uphold the laws and support the new regime. By attempting to flee, he showed a lack of loyalty and a desire to undermine the revolution, which can be considered treasonous.

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  • 24. 

    Which of the following contributed to the French Revolution

    • A.

      The theory of divine right of kings

    • B.

      The theory of the Mandate of Heaven

    • C.

      The ideas of the Enlightenment

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. The ideas of the Enlightenment
    Explanation
    The ideas of the Enlightenment contributed to the French Revolution because they challenged the traditional authority of the monarchy and promoted concepts such as individual rights, equality, and the power of reason. These ideas inspired the French people to question the oppressive monarchy and demand political and social change, leading to the revolutionary events that ultimately overthrew the monarchy and established a new order in France.

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  • 25. 

    The Third Estate rebelled and declared themselves the

    • A.

      French Parliament

    • B.

      The Congress of France

    • C.

      The National Assembly

    • D.

      The Directory

    Correct Answer
    C. The National Assembly
    Explanation
    The Third Estate rebelled and declared themselves the National Assembly because they were dissatisfied with the unequal representation and lack of power they had in the Estates-General. They believed that they represented the majority of the French population and should have a greater say in decision-making. By forming the National Assembly, they aimed to create a more democratic and representative government for the people of France.

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  • 26. 

    The National Assembly swore that they will keep meeting until they finished a constitution, called

    • A.

      Tennis Court Oath

    • B.

      Unicameral legislation

    • C.

      Oath of Ulm

    • D.

      Bastille Oath

    Correct Answer
    A. Tennis Court Oath
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tennis Court Oath. The National Assembly took an oath on a tennis court, vowing to continue meeting until they completed a constitution. This event took place during the French Revolution in 1789 and marked a significant moment in the struggle for political reform. The Tennis Court Oath demonstrated the determination of the National Assembly to bring about change and establish a constitutional monarchy in France.

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