Assignment #2: Causes of the French Revolution Part 1: Origins of the French Revolution: French Estates



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Assignment #2: Causes of the French Revolution
Part 1: Origins of the French Revolution: French Estates
How might the opulence of Versailles lead to tensions in 18th century French society? [1-2 sentences]

Old Regime: The system of Absolute Monarchy in France. The revolution will overthrow this “Old Regime.”
French estates:

Summarize the main characteristics of each estate. (BULLET POINTS OK)




First Estate

Second Estate

Third Estate









Answer the following questions:




  1. The first and second estates are called the privileged estates – WHY?



  1. What are some issues the Third Estate might have had with the other two estates and the King?



Part 2: Causes of the French Revolution Documents





Watch the first few minutes from History Channel: French Revolution and take notes below on the following question:
What problems in France make people unhappy with their government?

How does Louis XVI aggravate these problems?


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