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Napoleon and the French Revolution: A Multiple-Choice Quiz and Study Guide

Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon fought, and led his troops onto and through the battlefields, while on horseback.  His decision-making ability has been historically considered nothing less than phenomenal throughout the French Revolutionary Wars.

Napoleon fought, and led his troops onto and through the battlefields, while on horseback. His decision-making ability has been historically considered nothing less than phenomenal throughout the French Revolutionary Wars.

Summary of the French Revolution

The French Revolution in a nutshell: The majority of the people in France (the commoners) were fed up with the monarchy and the feudal system under which they had been forced to live. As a result, they began revolting and uprooting those institutions which had been in place for hundreds of years. They wanted, quite simply, a better quality of life, freedom, and equality.

King Louis XVI (1754-1793) and his predecessor had brought the country right up to the brink of bankruptcy and the commoners resented the outrageous taxes that had been imposed upon them by the monarchy, while they saw none of the privileges granted to the clergy and nobility. They were politically disregarded and growing increasingly unsettled.

The Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In which year did Napoleon crown himself as emperor of France?
    • 1799
    • 1802
    • 1804
    • 1850
  2. In which country was Napoleon defeated for the last time?
    • Italy
    • Amsterdam
    • Russia
    • Belgium
  3. Napoleon fought 60 battles, but lost how many of those?
    • 1
    • 8
    • 15
    • 23
  4. Napoleon's return to Paris from his exile on the island of Elba began a period known as what?
    • The Hundred Days Campaign
    • The Return of Napoleon
    • Napoleon's Redemption
    • Napoleon's France
  5. In which year was Napoleon born?
    • 1697
    • 1704
    • 1750
    • 1769
  6. In which year did Napoleon die?
    • 1750
    • 1821
    • 1875
    • 1902
  7. What were the first coherent set of laws called that were established by Napoleon in post-revolutionary France?
    • Napoleonic Code
    • The Code of France
    • The French Convention
    • Napoleon's Protocol
  8. In which year did Napoleon seize political power in France?
    • 1790
    • 1799
    • 1801
    • 1806
  9. Napoleon, after abdicating his throne in 1814, was exiled to which of these islands?
    • Corsica
    • Montecristo
    • Elba
    • Saint Helena
  10. After a crushing defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled to which of these remote islands?
    • Elba
    • Saint Helena
    • Canary Islands
    • Ascension Island
  11. In which year did the French Revolution begin?
    • 1759
    • 1770
    • 1780
    • 1789
  12. What was the name of the pro-democracy political group with which Napoleon became affiliated?
    • The Jacobins
    • The Democratic Movement
    • The Radical Party
    • The Socialist Party
  13. In 1794, Napoleon was briefly put under house arrest for his ties to which of these people?
    • Antoine Christophe Saliceti
    • Auguste de Marmont
    • Pierre-Antoine Antonelle
    • Maximilien Robespierre
  14. Prior to the French Revolution, French society was divided into three "estates." The First Estate was the:
    • Royalty
    • Commoners
    • Nobility
    • Clergy
  15. The Second Estate was comprised of:
    • Nobility
    • Clergy
    • Royalty
    • Poor Farmers
  16. The Third Estate was completely comprised of:
    • Poor Farmers
    • Nobility
    • Clergy
    • Non-nobility and non-clergy people.
  17. Which of these people would not have been members of The Third Estate?
    • Bourgeoisie (successful business owners)
    • Skilled urban workers
    • Ordained ministers
    • Sharecroppers
  18. What was the major cause for the French Revolution?
    • Napoleon wanted to be the emperor of France.
    • Women wanted full citizenship.
    • The Jacobins wanted to control the government.
    • The commoners wanted to do away with absolute monarchy.
  19. Which of these statements best describes the feudal system?
    • The clergymen refused to meet with the peasant people.
    • The members of the monarch were constantly feuding among themselves.
    • Land was given to commoners in exchange for serving the monarchy.
    • There was a legendary rivalry between the nobility and the commoners.
  20. In April 1792, the newly elected Legislative Assembly declared war on which two countries?
    • Great Britain and Spain
    • Spain and Austria
    • Austria and Prussia
    • Spain and Prussia
  21. The ascent of which leader marked the end of the French Revolution?
    • King Louis XVI
    • King Louis XV
    • Maximilien Robespierre
    • Napoleon Bonaparte
  22. The Thermidorian Reaction was in response to which of these?
    • The Reign of Terror
    • Napoleon's Ascension
    • The National Convention
    • The Revolt of Rural Peasants
  23. What is the system of government called when a king or queen reigns as head of state, but with limited powers?
    • Democracy
    • Constitutional Monarchy
    • A Republic
    • Absolute Monarchy
  24. Which member of the clergy supported The Third Estate (commoners) and wrote the pamphlet: "What Is the Third Estate"?
    • Denis Diderot
    • John Witherspoon
    • Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes
    • Theobald Matthew
  25. What happened to Napoleon’s army in Russia?
    • They were defeated and forced to return to France.
    • They staged a great victory and celebrated.
    • Napoleon's army decided to stay in Russia and fight for the Russians.
    • His entire army was wiped out.

Answer Key

  1. 1804
  2. Belgium
  3. 8
  4. The Hundred Days Campaign
  5. 1769
  6. 1821
  7. Napoleonic Code
  8. 1799
  9. Elba
  10. Saint Helena
  11. 1789
  12. The Jacobins
  13. Antoine Christophe Saliceti
  14. Clergy
  15. Nobility
  16. Non-nobility and non-clergy people.
  17. Ordained ministers
  18. The commoners wanted to do away with absolute monarchy.
  19. Land was given to commoners in exchange for serving the monarchy.
  20. Austria and Prussia
  21. Napoleon Bonaparte
  22. The Reign of Terror
  23. Constitutional Monarchy
  24. Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes
  25. They were defeated and forced to return to France.

Napoleon I

After the French Revolutionary Wars and a coup against the existing government in France, Napoleon was crowned emperor, displaying skills as a politician as well as a skilled military leader.

After the French Revolutionary Wars and a coup against the existing government in France, Napoleon was crowned emperor, displaying skills as a politician as well as a skilled military leader.

The Commoners Revolt Against the Monarchy

France had been divided into three separate groups, called "estates." The "first estate" consisted of members of the clergy; the "second estate" encompassed all nobility; and the "third estate" included everyone else - the commoners (although even wealthy businessmen and peasants alike were considered to be commoners).

The third estate, which included over 95% of the population, had very few rights, and they were willing to fight in order to see that changes were made, so that's what they did, signaling a beginning to the French Revolution.

The French monarchy ended in August 1792 when an angry mob entered the palace of King Louis XVI. He and his wife were taken to jail and were ultimately beheaded.

Members of the Third Estate "Carried" the Nobility and the Clergy

The commoners in France were tired of "carrying" the clergy and nobility, as is depicted in this drawing.  They finally revolted and demanded that the absolute monarchy be dismantled.

The commoners in France were tired of "carrying" the clergy and nobility, as is depicted in this drawing. They finally revolted and demanded that the absolute monarchy be dismantled.

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Comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 16, 2017:

A history lesson that I had to relearn here. Impressive!

Silva from Los Angeles on November 09, 2017:

LOL - very nice.

Mike and Dorothy McKenney (author) from United States on November 09, 2017:

Thanks Silva! Larger than life, but shorter than most...lol.

Silva from Los Angeles on November 08, 2017:

Napoleon fascinates me. I studied him in High School. One of history’s larger than life character.