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French Revolution Multiple-Choice Test
1. The _____ required that Church officials be elected by the people, with salaries paid by the government.

Civil Constitution of the Clergy
Declaration of the Rights of Man
Napoleonic Code
National Assembly
2. Which of the following was not a change under the National Assembly?

Abolition of special privileges
Constitution of 1791
Taxes levied based on the ability to pay
Universal suffrage for men and women
3. Louis XVI was married to _____.

Josephine Beauharnais
Madame Bovary
Maria Teresa
Marie Antoinette
4. The Committee of Public Safety guillotined thousands during the _____ (September 5, 1793-July 27, 1794).

Battle of Waterloo
Franco-Prussian War
National Assembly
Reign of Terror
5. During the Enlightenment, intellectuals known as _____ began to ask if natural laws might also apply to human beings.

hoity-toity
marquises
philosophes
professors
6. Under _____, the monarch has absolute control over the government.

absolutism
constitutional monarchy
democracy
totalitarianism
7. forced road work :

capitation
corvee
octrot
taille
8. The _____ (led by Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) represented workers.

Girondists
Jacobins
Loyalists
Whigs
9. A _____ is a government in which the people elect representatives who will create laws, and rule on their behalf.

fascist state
monarchy
republic
theocracy
10. _____ were moderates who represented the rich middle class of the provinces.

Girondists
Jacobins
Tories
Whigs
11. The _____ Estate was a privileged class, containing the nobility.

First
Second
Third
Fourth
12. In July, 1789, Parisians organized their own government which they called the _____.

Assembly
Commune
Convention
Directory
13. Which of the following was not a phase of the French Revolution?

Comintern
Directory
Legislative Assembly
National Assembly
14. What became known as the "national razor"?

Convention
guillotine
king
octrot
15. The _____, led by Danton and Robespierre, was responsible for sending approximately 15,000 people to the guillotine through its Revolutionary Tribunal.

French Foreign Legion
Committee of Public Safety
Commonwealth of Nations
Legislative Assembly
16. Which of the following was not a reform of the Convention?

Adoption of the metric system
Eradication of slavery in France's colonies
Establishment of a nationwide system of public education
Increased length of imprisonment for debt
17. income tax :

corvee
gabelle
taille
vingtieme
18. Which of the following was not a privilege of the First Estate?

censorship of the press
collection of the tithe
keeping of birth, death, and marriage records
right to elect the monarch
19. The _____ (July, 1794) ended the Reign of Terror, sending Robespierre and other members of the Committee of Public Safety to the guillotine.

Directory
National Assembly
Revolutionary Tribunal
Thermidorean Reaction
20. The _____ Estate was a privileged class, containing high-ranking members of the Church.

First
Second
Third
Fourth
21. Nobles who fled France became known as _____.

emigres
expatriots
immigrants
lords
22. land tax :

capitation
octrot
taille
vingtieme
23. France's pre-revolutionary economy was based primarily on _____.

agriculture
manufacturing
mining
tourism
24. Who wrote Declaration of the Rights of Woman?

Jeanne Roland
Josephine Beauharnais
Marie Antoinette
Olympe de Gouges
25. poll tax :

capitation
octrot
taille
tithe
26. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed by _____.

axe
firing squad
guillotine
lethal injection
27. _____ is a government spending more money than it takes in from tax revenues.

A balanced budget
Deficit spending
Divine right
High finance
28. octrot :

feudal dues paid to the local lord
forced road work
land tax
tax on goods brought into the city
29. Blank warrants of arrest were called _____.

lettres de cachet
joie de vivre
nom de plume
warrants des arrests
30. Which of the following was not included in the Declaration of the Rights of Man?

Freedom of religion
Guaranteed property rights
Right of people to create laws
Universal suffrage
31. _____ were traditional lists of grievances written by the people.

Cahiers
Intendants
Lettres de cachet
Octrots
32. salt tax :

corvee
gabelle
octrot
vingtieme
33. The Paris Commune was led by _____, a member of the Jacobin political party.

Danton
Flaubert
Marat
Robespierre

34. Base your answer to the following question on this selection:

“The National Assembly, considering that it has been summoned to establish the constitution of the kingdom, to effect the regeneration of the public order, and to maintain the true principles of monarchy; that nothing can prevent it from continuing the deliberations in whatever place it may be forced to establish itself; and finally, that wheresoever its members are assembled, there is the National Assembly…” (Tennis Court Oath, 1789).

According to this excerpt from the Tennis Court Oath, the National Assembly believed its job was to _____.

address only the cahiers
create a constitution
overthrow the monarchy
write a new penal code

35. What was the socio-political system which existed in most of Europe during the 18th century?

democracy
Holy Roman Empire
Old Regime
totalitarianism
36. The _____ Estate was an unprivileged class, containing the bulk of the population.

First
Second
Third
Fourth
37. What was the tithe?

Church tax
forced road work
octrot
salt tax
38. Which of the following is not true about divine right theory?

God wants people to question their leaders
No one can question someone put in power by God
Power is given by God
Questioning the monarchy is blasphemy
39. Who were the "petty tyrants," appointed by the king, who governed France's 30 districts?

bishops
dukes
intendants
ministers
40. The "Marseillaise," which became the French national anthem, was written by _____.

Georges Danton
Jacques Cousteau
Jean-Paul Marat
Rouget de Lisle
41. Which of the following does not apply to the Great Fear?

Attacks on nobles occurred throughout the country
France suffered from the worst famine in memory
Hungry, impoverished peasants feared that nobles at the Estates-General were seeking greater privileges
Peasants fled abroad to northern Africa and the Middle East
42. When news of Louis XVI's plan to use military force against the National Assembly reached Paris on July 14, 1789, Parisians stormed the _____.

Bastille
Eiffel Tower
Tuileries Palace
Versailles Palace

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