|Debating France, 1789-1791
You have been assigned either
a historical figure vocal in the debate over the future of France or
a fictional character who represents the views of a group in French society at that time.
For historical figures, using the handouts and RESEARCH, prepare a 1 minute speech that introduces your person (in his/her voice) and their point of view at this juncture in French history. Avoid attempting to tell your whole biography—focus on the issues that are important to you. In addition, answer the following questions from the perspective of your person to help give you ammunition during the debate.
What is the main cause of the present crisis and who is to blame?
What is your long term vision for France?
What are your political and philosophical values?
What are your opinions regarding
Veto power of the executive (king, etc.)
Political participation of the people
Women’s Role in government and society
Religious Freedom (Citizens for all Christians and non-Christians)
Slavery (keeping it or abolishing it)
For those with a fictional character, CREATE a persona for your person that you maintain through the debate. You may have some ambiguities as you are deciding what option is for you.
Give a 1 minute speech—make us feel your pain based on your position in society.
Develop questions and/or attacks for each of the groups in the debate. Prepare 3 per group.
Opting to Maintain the Absolute Monarchy, Tradition, and the Church
Abbe Jean-Sifrein Maury, Cardinal Ilana
André Boniface Louis Riqueti, Vicomte de Mirabeau Cami
Monseron de L'Aunay, on Slavery Julia
Jean-Joseph Mounier, the Monarchien Party Helen
Louis XVI Winston
Opting to Look to England: Constitutional Monarchy
Edmund Burke, English political theorist Cindy
Abbe Emmanuel Sieyes Josh
Pierre Victor Malouet Sara
Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau Caroline
Opting to Completely destroy the Old Regime
Maximillian Robespierre Philip
Olympe de Gouges Clara
Zalkind Hourwitz Dana
Jean-Jacques Marat Sophia
Marquis Nicolas de Condorcet Meera
**Pranav, Coco, Viveka, Maleeha, Gabi, Adam and Ms. Nee will play fictional French men and women