The French Revolution 02
Between 1787 and 1789 France suffered from poor harvests.

The French Revolution 02

This KS3 History quiz asks questions on the French Revolution. Money problems and new ideas about freedom combined to threaten and eventually overthrow the old French system of royal rule. Works like The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau influenced people who would later become important in the French Revolution. In 1787, King Louis XVI organised an Assembly of Notables to seek advice on tax reforms in order to solve the financial problems of the governement. There was a lot of disagreement and the suggestion to summon an Estates General was made.

An Estates General is an assembly of representatives of the three different Estates of France - clergy, nobles and commoners. This event is considered to be the start of the French revolution. Instead of the tax reforms that the King wanted, the Estates General provided thousands of complaints.

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Louis XVI then attempted to close the Estates General but they took the Tennis Court Oath. They declared themselves to be the National Assembly with the aim of establishing a government in place of the absolute power of the king. They adopted the Rights of Man, abolished feudalism and set up a parliament.

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  1. Which philosopher encouraged change in France?
    His influential book 'The Social Contract' was written in 1762
  2. Between 1787 and 1789 France suffered from what?
    This, along with high taxes, helped spark the unrest
  3. Which of these was not a result of the bad harvests?
    The majority of people were affected in a negative way
  4. What type of people were described as 'bourgeois'?
    The French Revolution is often seen as being anti-bourgeois, however many supporters of the Revolution were middle-class merchants and traders
  5. May 1789 saw the King meet with which group?
    This was the first time it had been summoned since 1614. It turned out to be a big mistake for the King as this led directly to his overthrow and execution
  6. What was the unit of currency in France at that time?
    France's total debt was about 4,000 million livres!
  7. It has been said that the Estates-General meeting failed partly because Louis was more concerned with what?
    If that is true then he perhaps did not concentrate enough on what was happening
  8. Those who wanted extreme change were called .......
    Some radicals use non-violent methods to get things to change but others resort to violence
  9. What 'parliament' was set up in June 1789?
    They believed in the Rights of Man - Men are born free and remain free and equal in rights
  10. The National Assembly drew up a .......
    It set out how the country was to be ruled

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