Exam Date:  2/11


This study guide has been FINALIZED

Good luck on the exam!






Section 1:  Key Terms/Ideas

These terms would be good possibilities for Matching questions and they can also provide key items to be covered in an essay.

Key Terms
Daily Life 1600-1800
Absolute Monarchs/England 


  • Society's Structure
  • Nobility
    • England
    • France
      • Bourgeoisie
    • General Conditions
  • The "Masses"
    • Mortality Rates
    • Family
      • Family Roles & Family Economy
      • Cottage Industry
    • Women's Lives
      • Dowry
    • Peasant Life
      • Corve
      • Emelian Pugachev & Pugachev Rebellion
    • Urban Workers/Guilds
      • Apprentice
      • Journeyman
      • Master
    • Fun/Entertainment
  • Royal Absolutism
    • Bishop Bossuet
  • France
    • Louis XIV (1643-1715)
      • Versailles
      • War of Spanish Succession
      • Bastille
  • Russia
    • Peter the Great (1682- 1725)
      • Great Embassy
      • Peter's Decrees

Key Terms
The Enlightenment 
Enlightenment and Exploration/Discovery
  • Definition
    • Immanuel Kant
  • General Beliefs
    • Deism
  • Early Thinkers/Philosophes
    • Science
      • Isaac Newton
        • Gravity/Natural Laws
    • Government
      • John Locke
        • Compact Theory
      • Montesquieu
  • Age of Discovery 
    • Spain
      • Cortez
      • Ponce de Len
    • France
      • de La Salle
      • Cadillac
    • England
      • Jamestown
        • John Smith
  • French/Indian War (1754-1763)
    • Results of War

French Revolution
  • Background/Why?
    • Economy/Monarchy
  • Phase I:  Freedom/Equality (1789-1792)
    • Taking Action
      • Estates General
        • National Assembly
        • Tennis Court Oath
      • Bastille
      • Great Fear
    • "Rights of Man"
    • New Constitution & Calendar
  • Phase II:  Terror (1792-1795)
    • War
    • Committee on Public Safety
      • Robespierre
      • "Levee en masse"
  • Phase III:  Directory (1795-1799)
    • Napoleon
  • Evaluation...?


Section 2:   Time periods

Rough Time Period
Cortez conquers Mexico 1520s
Jamestown, VA settled 1600-1610
Reign of Louis XIV 1650-1700/1725
Great Embassy 1690s
Locke's Compact Theory 1690s
Ft. Detroit Founded  1700-1710
Montesquieu's ideas published 1750
French/Indian War 1750-1775
Pugachev's Rebellion 1770s
French Revolution 1775-1800


Section 3:  ESSAY

Here are the possible essay questions for the first mid-term.  On the day of the exam, one of these questions will be chosen at random.

    1. Assume you are a peasant living in France in the early-mid 1700s.  Describe your life.  What is life like for you?  What functions does your family play in your life?  What do you do for fun?  How does life in rural areas compare to life in cities?  How does your life compare to life for nobles and other peasants or serfs?
    2. Absolute monarchy played a key role in Europe for centuries.  How can the lives and actions of both Louis XIV & Peter the Great be used as examples to show this in action?  According to Bishop Bossuet, what power & authority did absolute monarchs have?  How was this justified? 
    3. Write an essay that describes and evaluates the Enlightenment. What was the Enlightenment?  Who were some of the movement's most important leaders?  What were their arguments?  Overall, what do you believe was the most important result or impact of the Enlightenment?  Explain.
    4. Write an essay that describes and evaluates some of the major events in the French Revolution.  Why was it considered to be a "popular" revolution?  How did it become violent? Why did it seem to come "full circle?"  Overall, were the results of the French Revolution positive or negative for the people of France?  Explain.


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