Learning Exercise

The French Revolution

The events of 1789-1815 transformed both France and Europe. This exercise focuses on the events leading up to the revolution in 1789 to the execution of King Louis XVI.

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Read Chapters 1-6 on the French Revolution. (There are 12 chapters. Only read
the first six for this exercise.) Write a paper of 5-7 pages answering the
following questions: (1) Identify and discuss the causes of the French
Revolution; (2) Explain why the monarchy was unaware of the problems leading to
the Revolution; (3) Evaluate the role of the French Enlightenment on the events
leading to the Revoution; (4) Identify the specific events that provoked the
Revolution; (5) Explain the role of women in the Revolution; and (6) Examine the
circumstances leading to the King's arrest and execution. A final question to
consider is whether or not the French Revolution could have been avoided.


Western Civilization
French Revolution
Louis XVI

Learning Objectives

To identify the causes leading to the French Revolution.
To explain the importance of the French Enlightment on the events leading to the French Revolution.
To evaluate the role of the monarchy and secifically the actions of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette in contributing to the Revolution.
To examine the circumstances leading to the arrest and execution of the French King and Queen.