The French Revolution Name: Period: Day 1: Background Reading on French Revolution and Life in London directions: Use the provided handouts to answer the following questions. The Life of French Peasants



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The French Revolution Name: _________________________________ Period: _________

Day 1: Background Reading on French Revolution and Life in London
DIRECTIONS: Use the provided handouts to answer the following questions.
The Life of French Peasants:

1. What was one major difference between the governments of France and England?


2. Describe the life of a French peasant before the French Revolution:
A Very Condensed Story of the French Revolution

1. Did Marie Antoinette ever really say “Let them eat cake”? What about her personality probably led people to believe this about her?


2. What is a lettre de cachet, and how does it work? (Remember this while reading A Tale of Two Cities.)
3. How did the king and queen become so out of touch with their countrymen that they were overthrown and executed? How could they not have seen such a revolution coming?
4. The storming of the Bastille is celebrated each year as Bastille Day (roughly speaking, the French equivalent of our Independence Day). While few prisoners were actually freed, the storming of the Bastille became a key symbolic event. Why?
5. What were women encouraged to do during trials and executions? (Remember this while reading A Tale of Two Cities.)
6. Compared to other methods of capital punishment, do you think the guillotine was humane? Explain.
7. Why do you think that, during the Reign of Terror, people were executed for merely being suspected of criticizing the new government?
8. What does the Reign of Terror say about human nature?
9. Does the story of the French Revolution mean, essentially, that all revolutions are doomed to repeat the same mistakes of the corrupt governments that they have replaced?

B. Life in London:
1. A Tale of Two Cities takes place during the Georgian period in English history. Contrast what most people think about life during the Georgian period with what reality was like for the many poor people in London at the time.
2. Due to overcrowding throughout the city, how were some people buried?
3. Describe some of the diseases that workers had to deal with:

a)

b)



c)

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Day 2: Webquest - Charles Dickens and the French Revolution
DIRECTIONS: Go to Mrs. Lynch's class website and open the TOTC Research Links page. Use the provided links to answer the following questions.
A. The Life of Charles Dickens:

1. Why did Dickens’ father get thrown in prison? What happened to Charles as a result?


2. How do you think Dickens' life experiences influenced his choice of writing topics and themes?
B. Photos of the French Revolution

3. Choose two of the nine images. Write the title of the image and a two to three sentence response to each.

a)

b)
C. The Enlightenment in France



4. Identify and explain two philosophies of the French Enlightenment.

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b)


D. Causes and Phases of the French Revolution

5. Identify three causes of the French Revolution.

a)

b)

c)


6. Briefly summarize (no more than three sentences for each) the three phases of the Revolution.

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b)



c)
E. Song of the Revolutionaries View the lyrics to the song "It'll be Okay".

7. What is your reaction to the lyrics. What do these lyrics reveal about the people of the Third Estate?


F. The Execution of King Louis XVI:
NOTE: Eyewitness accounts (also called primary sources) of major historical events are valuable for the first-hand details they provide. However, you must always take bias into account when reading them. This article was written by a friend of King Louis XVI, so obviously you need to keep in mind that the writer is going to try to make the king look as good and noble as possible.
8. Describe the procession on the way to the place where the king was executed:
9. List two ways that the king rebels:

a)

b)


10. Describe the scene immediately after the king’s execution. (NOTE for A Tale of Two Cities: The hats that are mentioned in the last sentence are the red caps worn by Revolutionaries.)


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