The French Revolution 03
The peasants burned many chateaus during the French Revolution.

The French Revolution 03

This KS3 History quiz challenges you on the French Revolution. The moment the French Revolution began was when the members of the Third Estate started to call themselves the National Assembly. The biggest issue for them was that they represented 95% of the population but could be out-voted by the other two Estates, which represented only 5% of the population. Three days later, they found themselves locked out of the Estates General. They went to a nearby indoor tennis court and took the Tennis Court Oath. This was an agreement that everyone there would not leave until they had sorted out a constitution that set out how France should be governed in the future.

Revolutionaries and their supporters started to wear cockades (rosettes are the modern equivalent). They pinned the blue and red cockade of Paris onto the white one that represented the Ancien Régime.

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These cockades gave rise to the tricolour flag of France. Different leaders of groups asked their supporters to wear certain colours. A women's revolutionary group demanded a law to compel all women to wear the tricolour cockade to show their loyalty. The law was not popular with other groups of women and in October 1793, the new government decided that women had no place in public affairs and disbanded all womens' groups.

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  1. Which was not one of the colours of the Revolution?
    Camille Desmoulins asked his followers to wear green cockades. He was opposed to 'The Terror' and was eventually guillotined for his views
  2. Where did the National Assembly take an oath?
    The tennis court was in the Saint-Louis district of the city of Versailles
  3. Which radical nobleman became President of the National Assembly?
    Despite the fact that he was a noble, he was an important leader of the Revolution
  4. In July 1789 the mob stormed which building in Paris?
    It was a prison - they released the seven prisoners and stole guns and gunpowder
  5. Bastille Day is still celebrated - on which date?
    It is now a national holiday in France
  6. The peasants burned many of which buildings?
    They were owned by the nobles
  7. The National Assembly issued 'The Declaration of .......'
    It demanded freedom and equal rights
  8. What were the unskilled workers called?
    Meaning 'without breeches' - they wore long trousers; the rich wore culottes or knee breeches
  9. The Assembly abolished which tax?
    A tenth of earnings went to the Church
  10. What did the King try to do in June 1791?
    He was going to go to Austria but was stopped when he was recognised by the revolutionary Jean-Baptiste Drouet. Drouet was a hard-line radical who joined the most violent group of the National Assembly and even wanted any British residents in France to be executed when the Revolutionary wars broke out

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