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There are a lot of important terms and names associated with the French Revolution, and we have divided them among six crossword puzzle worksheets. Pick and choose which ones fit your students' learning needs. The content of each puzzle, and a link to each PDF file, is below.
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French Revolution Crossword Puzzle #1 - Across: 2. The __________ of the Rights of Man and the Citizen was a document that proclaimed "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity," and that described basic human rights. 7. The French legislature, which did not meet between 1614 and 1789. 9. Composed of the high-ranking clergy. 10. A luxurious royal palace located just outside of Paris. Down: 1. This governmental body ruled France from 1791 to 1792 as a limited monarchy. 3. This term refers to the pre-revolutionary government and society of France. 4. This group was composed of the French nobility. 5. These were the "thirty petty tyrants," governors of pre-revolutionary France's thirty districts. 6. This was the basis of the French economy in the 18th century. 8. This group was composed of the bourgeoisie, artisans, workers, and peasants. Click here to print.
Answer Key - Across: 2. Declaration; 7. Estates-General; 9. First Estate; 10. Versailles. Down: 1. Legislative Assembly; 3. Old Regime; 4. Second Estate; 5. intendants; 6. agriculture; 8. Third Estate.
French Revolution Crossword Puzzle #2 - Across: 1. Idea that a monarch rules through the might and will of God; 6. Serfs bound to the soil, who had no voice in the government; 7. Forced work on roads; 8. Land tax; 9. Poll tax; 10. Income tax. Down: 2. Author of Candide who favored freedom of speech, press, and religion; 3. Name given to the intellectual period of 18th-century Europe; 4. Tax on goods transported into Paris; 5. Salt tax. Click here to print.
Answer Key - Across: 1. divine right; 6. peasants; 7. corvée; 8. taille; 9. capitation; 10. vingtieme. Down: 2. Voltaire; 3. Age of Reason; 4. octrot; 5. gabelle.
French Revolution Crossword Puzzle #3 - Across: 2. Financial minister from 1774 to 1776 who sought to abolish the corvée; 5. Lists of grievances; 9. Revolutionary song that became the French national anthem; 10. Arrests warrants, issued by the king, which gave no reason for the arrest. Down: 1. Author of Spirit of Laws who taught of the need for three separate branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial); 3. Author of The Social Contract who advocated that governments rightfully rule only through the will of the people; 4. King of France from 1774 to 1792; 6. Famous for allegedly saying of starving French peasants: "Let them eat cake"; 7. Financial minister from 1783 to 1786 who tried to get the nobles to consent to be taxed; 8. Financial minister from 1776 to 1781 who attempted to end extravagance at the French court. Click here to print.
Answer Key - Across: 2. Turgot; 5. cahiers; 9. "Marseillaise"; 10. lettres de cachet. Down: 1. Montesquieu; 3. Rousseau; 4. Louis XVI; 6. Marie Antoinette; 7. Calonne; 8. Necker.
French Revolution Crossword Puzzle #4 - Across: 2. Italian author of Crimes and Punishments who advocated punishments that suit the variety of crimes. 5. Encyclopedia writer who attacked the Old Regime. 8. Local revolutionary government of Paris. 10. King of France who was executed by the guillotine on January 21, 1793. Down: 1. After they were locked out of the meeting place of the Estates-General, representatives of the Third Estate made this promise in a nearby indoor tennis court. 3. Scot who wrote Wealth of Nations advocating laissez-faire economics. 4. This symbol of tyranny was attacked on July 14, 1789. 6. Design of the new French flag. 7. Design of the old French Bourbon flag. 9. Device for beheading commonly used in the French Revolutionary period. Click here to print.
Answer Key - Across: 2. Beccaria. 5. Diderot. 8. The Commune. 10. Louis XVI. Down: 1. Tennis Court Oath. 3. Adam Smith. 4. Bastille. 6. tricolor. 7. fleur-de-lis. 9. guillotine.
French Revolution Crossword Puzzle #5 - Across: 4. The Committee of __________ was a French governmental organization that ruthlessly put down local opposition to the new French Republic. 8. __________ was the new French government created by the Constitution of the Year III of the Republic, which ruled 1795-1799. 9. This man’s coup d’état ended the Directory’s rule in 1799. 10. All three estates met under this name on June 23, 1789. Down: 1. The __________ of the Clergy was a law that put the clergy under state control. 2. This was a moderately liberal bourgeoisie political party in revolutionary France. 3. The __________ was a period that saw around 15,000 people guillotined by the Committee of Public Safety. 5. This was a radical political party led by Danton, Marat, and Robespierre. 6. This man, a leader of the Committee of Public Safety, was himself guillotined in July, 1794. 7. This governmental structure ruled France from 1792 to 1795, abolishing the monarchy and establishing the First French Republic. Click here to print.
Answer Key - Across: 4. Public Safety 8. The Directory. 9. Napoleon Bonaparte. 10. National Assembly. Down: 1. Civil Constitution. 2. Girondists. 3. Reign of Terror. 5. Jacobins. 6. Robespierre. 7. The Convention.
French Revolution Crossword Puzzle #6 - Across: 2. Right to vote; 8. Austrian-born wife of France's King Louis XVI; 10. A government spending more money than it takes in. Down: 1. Devotion to and pride in one's country; 3. Related to worldly, not religious, matters; 4. Government in which people elect their officials; 5. French term for the middle class; 6. Infamous Paris structure attacked on July 14, 1789; 7. Small group within a larger group; 9. Person who fled France because of the French Revolution. Click here to print. Click here for the answer key.
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