History Of France Quiz: Napoleon Bonaparte

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Where was Napoleon born?

    • A.

      Austria

    • B.

      Corsica

    • C.

      France

    • D.

      Elba

    Correct Answer
    B. Corsica
    Explanation
    Napoleon was born in Corsica, which was a French island in the Mediterranean Sea. He was born on August 15, 1769, in the city of Ajaccio. Corsica was under Genoese rule at the time of his birth but later became a part of France. Napoleon went on to become a prominent military and political leader in France, eventually becoming the Emperor of the French. His birthplace in Corsica played a significant role in shaping his identity and upbringing.

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  • 2. 

    What was the action that made Napoleon a hero among the French people?

    • A.

      He had a sucessful coup de tat and dissolved the government the French hated so much

    • B.

      He defended the Revolutionaries when they were attacked by a Royalist mob

    • C.

      He defeated the British

    • D.

      He stabilized France's economy

    Correct Answer
    B. He defended the Revolutionaries when they were attacked by a Royalist mob
    Explanation
    Napoleon became a hero among the French people because he defended the Revolutionaries when they were attacked by a Royalist mob. This action demonstrated his loyalty to the ideals of the French Revolution and his willingness to protect the rights and freedoms of the people. By standing up against the Royalist mob, Napoleon showed bravery and a commitment to the principles of the Revolution, earning him admiration and support from the French people.

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  • 3. 

    After his success in Austria, Napoleon is sent to Egypt, where he is defeated by his archrival named __________. However, this loss is kept a secret from France.

    Correct Answer
    Horatio Nelson
    Nelson
    Horatio
    Explanation
    Horatio Nelson is the correct answer because he was Napoleon's archrival and defeated him in Egypt. This defeat was kept a secret from France. The other options, Nelson and Horatio, are not specific enough to accurately describe Napoleon's archrival.

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  • 4. 

    Right after Napoleon's coup de tat, who will now rule France?

    • A.

      A Dictator

    • B.

      A New Assembly

    • C.

      A Group of Consuls

    • D.

      A King

    Correct Answer
    C. A Group of Consuls
    Explanation
    After Napoleon's coup de tat, France would be ruled by a group of consuls. This means that power would be shared among a small group of individuals rather than being concentrated in the hands of a single dictator or a monarch like a king. This system of governance was established by Napoleon himself, who became one of the consuls alongside two other individuals. The group of consuls would collectively make decisions and govern the country, providing a more balanced and collaborative approach to ruling France.

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  • 5. 

    When Napoleon finally gets the power he wanted, he travels to several different countries to create alliances. Some of these countries are: (Check all that apply)

    • A.

      Prussia

    • B.

      Austria

    • C.

      Poland

    • D.

      Great Britain

    • E.

      Russia

    • F.

      Sweden

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Austria
    D. Great Britain
    E. Russia
    Explanation
    Napoleon traveled to Austria, Great Britain, and Russia to create alliances. These countries were strategic choices for Napoleon as he aimed to secure his power and expand his influence in Europe. Austria was a traditional rival of France, and by forming an alliance with them, Napoleon aimed to maintain peace and stability on his eastern border. Great Britain was a major naval power and Napoleon sought to negotiate peace and end the ongoing conflict between the two nations. Russia, on the other hand, was crucial for Napoleon's expansionist ambitions and he sought to establish a friendly relationship with them.

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  • 6. 

    Napoleon's popularity soars. When people learn that he seized power unlegally, they decide to make it official by electing him as their leader. He appears to be the leader of a free Republic.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Napoleon's popularity increased among the people when they found out that he had seized power illegally. As a result, they decided to legitimize his rule by electing him as their leader. This situation creates the perception that Napoleon is the leader of a free Republic. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 7. 

    What are some of the changes Napoleon made to France?

    • A.

      He improved the tax collecting method

    • B.

      He restored the Old Regime

    • C.

      He established a democracy

    • D.

      He created a National Banking System

    • E.

      He created public school systems

    • F.

      He allowed the Pope to have influence in France once again

    • G.

      He destroyed the guillotine

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. He improved the tax collecting method
    D. He created a National Banking System
    E. He created public school systems
    F. He allowed the Pope to have influence in France once again
    Explanation
    Napoleon made several changes to France. He improved the tax collecting method to make it more efficient. He also created a National Banking System to stabilize the economy and facilitate trade. Additionally, he established public school systems to promote education and literacy among the population. Furthermore, he allowed the Pope to have influence in France once again, indicating a shift towards religious tolerance.

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  • 8. 

    Napoleon also created a uniform set of laws called the ________ ______. It eliminated many injustices, but also limited the peoples' rights.

    Correct Answer(s)
    Napoleonic Code
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Napoleonic Code. Napoleon created a set of laws called the Napoleonic Code, which aimed to establish a uniform legal system. While it did eliminate many injustices, it also imposed limitations on the rights of the people. The Napoleonic Code played a significant role in shaping legal systems around the world and is still influential today.

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  • 9. 

    In 1804, the Pope crowns Napoleon King of France.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. In 1804, it was not the Pope who crowned Napoleon King of France, but Napoleon himself. During a grand ceremony known as the Coronation of Napoleon, he took the crown from the Pope and placed it on his own head, symbolizing his desire for power and independence from the Church. This act demonstrated Napoleon's ambition to establish a new order and assert his authority as the ruler of France.

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  • 10. 

    What is the name of the South American island that the French controlled?

    • A.

      Cuba

    • B.

      Taiga

    • C.

      Elba

    • D.

      Saint Domingue

    Correct Answer
    D. Saint Domingue
    Explanation
    Saint Domingue was the name of the South American island that the French controlled. This island, which is now known as Haiti, was a French colony during the 18th century. It was a major producer of sugar, coffee, and indigo, and was considered one of the wealthiest colonies in the world at that time. However, the brutal treatment of enslaved Africans on the island eventually led to a successful slave revolt and the establishment of Haiti as an independent nation in 1804.

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  • 11. 

    When the inhabitants of the South American island fought valiantly for their freedom, Napoleon eventually had to give up on America. So, in order to gain some quick cash for paying off the debt, he sells a huge plot of land to the United States called the __________ __________.

    Correct Answer
    Louisiana Purchase
    Explanation
    During the fight for independence on the South American island, Napoleon faced difficulties and eventually abandoned his plans for America. To alleviate his financial burdens, he decided to sell a large area of land to the United States. This transaction, known as the Louisiana Purchase, provided a quick infusion of cash for Napoleon and allowed the United States to acquire a significant territory.

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  • 12. 

    When Napoleon became "power-thirsty" and eager to fight, he began to annex parts of Austria and Italy. No one else was happy about that, so they decided to gang up against France. However, Napoleon crushes them in which battle?

    • A.

      Waterloo

    • B.

      Boradino

    • C.

      Trafalgar

    • D.

      Austerlitz

    Correct Answer
    D. Austerlitz
    Explanation
    Napoleon's thirst for power and eagerness to fight led him to annex parts of Austria and Italy. In response, other countries decided to unite against France. However, Napoleon was able to crush them in the Battle of Austerlitz.

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  • 13. 

    In the incredible naval battle between Britain and France, called The Battle of ______, Napoleon once again loses to his nemesis and almost his entire fleet is captured. This forces them to back off from Britain.

    Correct Answer
    Trafalgar
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Trafalgar. The Battle of Trafalgar was a significant naval battle between Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars. In this battle, Napoleon's fleet suffered a major defeat, resulting in the capture of a large portion of his ships. This defeat forced the French to abandon their plans of invading Britain and gave the British Navy control over the seas, solidifying their naval dominance.

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  • 14. 

    The _________ ________ was Napoleon's plan to start a blockade against the British. In return, Britain started a blockade, which made the United States angry, and they declared war on Britain.

    Correct Answer
    Continental System
    Explanation
    The Continental System was Napoleon's plan to start a blockade against the British. This involved closing European ports to British goods in an attempt to weaken Britain economically. In response, Britain implemented its own blockade, which prohibited neutral countries from trading with France and its allies. This angered the United States, as it hindered their trade and violated their rights as a neutral nation. As a result, the United States declared war on Britain in 1812.

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  • 15. 

    Napoleon soon tried to invade Portugal. However, first he had to go through Spain, and they did not like his arrival. To make matters worse, he replaces their current king with his brother, named _____?

    • A.

      Frederick

    • B.

      Napoleon II

    • C.

      Henry

    • D.

      Joseph

    Correct Answer
    D. Joseph
    Explanation
    During his invasion of Portugal, Napoleon had to pass through Spain, where the people were not pleased with his arrival. To further aggravate the situation, he decided to replace the current king of Spain with his own brother, Joseph. This move only added to the resentment and resistance faced by Napoleon during his campaign.

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  • 16. 

    Soon after he entered Spain, the ____________ _____ soon started between Spainards and the French.

    Correct Answer
    Peninsular War
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Peninsular War," is the correct explanation for the question. It suggests that soon after someone entered Spain, a war broke out between the Spanish and the French. The term "Peninsular War" specifically refers to the conflict that occurred between 1807 and 1814, during which the French forces, led by Napoleon Bonaparte, invaded the Iberian Peninsula. This explanation aligns with the information provided in the question and accurately describes the historical event.

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  • 17. 

    The French won by using guerilla warfare tactics against the Spanish peasants.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. The French did not win by using guerrilla warfare tactics against the Spanish peasants. Guerrilla warfare tactics involve small, irregular forces using hit-and-run tactics, ambushes, and sabotage. In this case, it suggests that the French used these tactics against the Spanish peasants, which is not true. It is important to note that the question does not provide any context or specific historical event, so it is difficult to provide a more detailed explanation.

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  • 18. 

    In June of 1812, Napoleon leads his colossal army into Russia. This is a costly mistake made by him because:

    • A.

      Russia is a huge country. There is no way France will be able to take it over.

    • B.

      They are far away from home, and many soldiers get homesick.

    • C.

      It is almost wintertime.

    • D.

      Alexander is waiting to ambush him at the edge of Poland

    Correct Answer
    C. It is almost wintertime.
    Explanation
    Napoleon's decision to invade Russia in June of 1812 was a costly mistake because it was almost wintertime. The harsh Russian winter posed significant challenges for the French army, including extreme cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, and limited resources. The soldiers were ill-prepared for the harsh conditions, leading to widespread suffering, frostbite, and even death. The winter weather made it difficult for the French army to maneuver and maintain their supply lines, weakening their overall military strength. This ultimately contributed to the failure of Napoleon's campaign and the devastating defeat of his army.

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  • 19. 

    Alexander further weakens Napoleon's army by invoking the _____-____ _____, which basically meant that all Russians had to burn all of their possesions that the French army could use and then retreat. Even Moscow was destroyed because of this policy.

    • A.

      Hundred-Day Plan

    • B.

      Continental Plan

    • C.

      Emergency-Evacuate Policy

    • D.

      Scorched-Earth Policy

    Correct Answer
    D. Scorched-Earth Policy
    Explanation
    During the Napoleonic invasion of Russia, Alexander implemented the scorched-earth policy. This strategy involved the Russians burning and destroying their own possessions, including Moscow, to prevent the French army from utilizing or benefiting from them. By adopting this policy, Alexander aimed to weaken Napoleon's forces by depriving them of resources and shelter, making it difficult for them to sustain their campaign in Russia. This strategy ultimately contributed to the downfall of Napoleon's army as they faced harsh conditions and limited supplies during their retreat.

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  • 20. 

    On September 7, 1812, Napoleon lost the Battle of _______ against the Russians. When he finally struggles out of Russia, 10,000 of the former 420,000 is left in the army.

    Correct Answer
    Boradino
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Boradino. On September 7, 1812, Napoleon lost the Battle of Boradino against the Russians. This battle was a major confrontation during the French invasion of Russia. After the battle, Napoleon's army suffered heavy casualties and was further weakened during their retreat from Russia, with only 10,000 soldiers remaining out of the initial 420,000.

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  • 21. 

    Finally, most of the other countries band together against France in the Battle of _______. Napoleon lost, and he is captured. Soon after, he is exiled to Elba off the coast of Italy.

    Correct Answer
    Lepzig
    Explanation
    In the Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of Nations, most other countries united against France. Napoleon suffered a defeat in this battle and was subsequently captured. As a result, he was exiled to the island of Elba, which is located off the coast of Italy.

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  • 22. 

    Only a few months after his stay in Elba, Napoleon escapes and seizes power once again. His enemies quickly form an attack against him, led by the Duke of Wellington. This period of time where Napoleon once again ruled lasted for _______.

    • A.

      10 days

    • B.

      50 days

    • C.

      100 days

    • D.

      200 days

    Correct Answer
    C. 100 days
    Explanation
    After Napoleon's escape from Elba, he managed to regain power and rule once again for a period of 100 days. However, his enemies, led by the Duke of Wellington, quickly formed an attack against him. This period of time, known as the Hundred Days, marked Napoleon's final attempt to maintain his rule before his ultimate defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.

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  • 23. 

    In Napoleon's final battle, the Battle of ________, he is utterly defeated and permanently exiled to Saint Helena, where he soon dies.

    Correct Answer
    Waterloo
    Explanation
    In Napoleon's final battle, Waterloo, he suffered a major defeat which ultimately led to his permanent exile on the island of Saint Helena. This defeat marked the end of his reign and power, and he soon passed away while in exile.

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