FR part 1 The French Financial Crisis and Estates General Quiz

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What principles did the French Revolution bring to the forefront?

Civic equality and popular sovereignty

Who would eventually defeat armies composed of professional soldiers?

Citizen armies commanded by people of modest origin

Which institutions did the French Revolution challenge?

Major political and social institutions of Europe

What problem's origins led to the French Revolution?

Mundane problem

What was the outcome of the Third Estate's refusal to sit as a separate order as the king desired?

The Third Estate invited the clergy and nobles to join them in organizing a new legislative body

What event is referred to as the 'Tennis Court Oath'?

When the members of the National Assembly took an oath to continue to sit until they had given France a constitution

What was the significance of the June 27th event in relation to the National Assembly's power?

The king capitulated and formally requested the First and Second Estates to meet with the National Assembly

What was the composition of the National Constituent Assembly?

A majority of members drawn from all three orders

What was the intention behind the National Assembly renaming itself the National Constituent Assembly?

To signify its intention to write a new constitution

What was the king's initial response to the formation of the National Assembly?

He ordered the National Assembly to desist

How did the doubling of the Third Estate's membership affect the Estates General?

The Third Estate had twice as many members as either of the other estates

What was the outcome of Louis XVI's attempt to reassert a role in the proceedings by calling a 'Royal Session'?

The National Assembly moved to a nearby indoor tennis court and took the Tennis Court Oath

What were the three main components of the Estates General?

Clergy, Nobility, and Third Estate

What was the main point of debate over the organization and voting process of the Estates General?

Equal representation and voting by estate rather than by head

What did the representatives of the Third Estate aim to do?

Assert their role in decision-making for the nation

What action did the royal council take to strengthen the influence of the Third Estate?

Doubled the number of representatives for the Third Estate

What did the cahiers de doléances highlight?

The state of France before the revolution

What did the cahiers call for?

Major reforms, including more equitable taxes, local administration control, and equality of rights

What did the documents criticize?

Government waste, indirect taxes, church taxes and corruption, and the hunting rights of the aristocracy

What was the main point of conflict as the Estates General opened?

How the three estates could cooperate for reform

What was the general consensus regarding the French government's need for reform?

Major reform and greater equality in taxation were necessary

What was the response of the aristocracy to the influence of the Third Estate?

Attempted to limit the influence by demanding equal representation and voting by estate rather than by head

What was the purpose of the cahiers de doléances brought to the royal palace?

To list grievances and highlight the state of France before the revolution

What was the primary composition of the Third Estate?

Primarily comprised of wealthy members of the middle class

Who proposed bold financial reforms and faced opposition from the Assembly of Notables?

Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne

What led to the convocation of the Estates General in 1789?

Refusal of bankers to extend credit to the government

Who replaced Charles Alexandre de Calonne as a result of the dire financial situation?

Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne

What was the key demand of the Assembly of Notables regarding tax matters?

Involvement of the Estates General

Who made demands that escalated the financial crisis in France?

Local aristocratic parlements and estates in the provinces

Who refused to authorize new taxes and demanded the restoration of their privileges?

The clergy and the Parlement of Paris

Who was seen as having a model character and seeking economic improvement?

George III of Great Britain

Who downplayed France's financial difficulties, revealing excessive royal expenditures?

Jacques Necker

Who found the financial situation dire after replacing Charles Alexandre de Calonne?

Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne

Who was called for reappointment by the Assembly of Notables?

Jacques Necker

Who refused to extend credit to the government, contributing to the convocation of the Estates General?

Bankers

Who replaced Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne, and heralded imminent political reform?

Jacques Necker

What was the primary cause of the financial crisis faced by the French royal government in the late 1780s?

Heavy expenditures associated with supporting the American revolution

What was the proportion of the royal budget consumed by the interest and payments on the royal debt on the eve of the revolution?

Just over one-half

Who bore the heaviest tax burden due to France's inability to collect sufficient taxes?

Peasants

What was the monarchs' response to the political power of aristocratic institutions and the parlements?

Struggled to come to terms with it

How did the parlements, dominated by the aristocracy, defend their cause?

Used the language of liberty and reform

Who was considered detached and ineffective on the eve of the revolution?

Louis XVI

In comparison to other contemporary monarchs, what distinct disadvantage did the French monarchy face?

A more problematic public image and daily reality

What was the outcome of the monarchy's attempts to increase taxes on the nobility?

Faced opposition from both the Parlement of Paris and provincial parlements

What was the proportion of the royal budget consumed by the interest and payments on the royal debt on the eve of the revolution?

Just over one-half

What was the monarchy's response to the ongoing conflicts with aristocratic and ecclesiastical institutions?

Struggled to resolve the disputes

What was the significance of the summoning of the French Estates General for the first time since 1614?

Led to a new set of issues and problems that ultimately led to the revolution

What was the monarchy's search for adequate revenues a response to?

The financial crisis due to heavy expenditures

What was a significant outcome of the French Revolution?

The challenge to major political and social institutions of Europe

Who would eventually defeat armies composed of professional soldiers?

Citizen armies commanded by people of modest origin

What was challenged by the existence of the French Revolution?

The Roman Catholic faith in France

What was the primary cause of the political turmoil in France in 1789?

A much more mundane problem

What was the outcome of the Third Estate's refusal to sit as a separate order as the king desired?

Formation of the National Assembly

What was the significance of the Tennis Court Oath?

It marked the formation of the National Assembly and the defiance of the royal command

Who constituted the majority of the National Constituent Assembly?

Members drawn from all three orders

What was the primary composition of the Third Estate?

Local officials, professionals, and persons of property

What was the intention behind the National Assembly renaming itself the National Constituent Assembly?

To signify its intention to write a new constitution

What was the king's response to the National Assembly's defiance of the royal command?

Capitulation and formal request for the First and Second Estates to join the Assembly

What event led to the formation of the National Assembly?

The Third Estate's invitation to the clergy and nobles to organize a new legislative body

What was the significance of the doubling of the Third Estate's membership in the Estates General?

It gave the Third Estate twice as many members as either of the other estates

What was the main point of conflict as the Estates General opened?

Voting by estate rather than by head

What was the composition of the Third Estate primarily comprised of?

Wealthy members of the middle class

What was the main demand highlighted in the cahiers de doléances brought to the royal palace?

More equitable taxes

What was the outcome of the monarchy's attempt to limit the influence of the Third Estate?

Doubling the number of representatives for the Third Estate

What was the general consensus regarding the French government's need for reform?

Major reform and greater equality in taxation were necessary

What did the cahiers de doléances criticize?

Government waste and corruption

What was the purpose of the Estates General being called in 1789?

To resolve political deadlock between the monarchy, aristocracy, and church

What was the primary demand of the representatives of the Third Estate?

To assert their role in decision-making for the nation

What did the cahiers de doléances indicate about the cooperation of the three estates?

They could have cooperated for reform, but conflict emerged

What was the key factor that led to conflict as the Estates General opened?

Fundamental social distance between the aristocracy and the Third Estate

What was the response of the aristocracy to the influence of the Third Estate?

Demanding equal representation and voting by estate

What did the cahiers de doléances call for regarding local administration?

Control by the local population

What proportion of the royal budget was consumed by the interest and payments on the royal debt on the eve of the revolution?

One-half

What was the primary cause of the financial crisis faced by the French royal government in the late 1780s?

Excessive royal expenditures

What was the monarchy's response to the ongoing conflicts with aristocratic and ecclesiastical institutions?

Summoning the French Estates General

Who faced vicious accusations and was considered detached and ineffective on the eve of the revolution?

Marie Antoinette

Who dominated the parlements and used the language of liberty and reform to defend their cause?

The aristocracy

What was the monarchy's struggle with the political power of aristocratic institutions and the parlements attributed to?

Lack of political skills

What was the outcome of the monarchy's attempts to increase taxes on the nobility?

Opposition from provincial parlements

In contrast to other contemporary monarchs, what distinct disadvantage did the French monarchy face?

Unfavorable public image

What was the general consensus regarding the French government's need for reform?

Urgent need for radical change

Who found the financial situation dire after replacing Charles Alexandre de Calonne?

Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne

Who lacked the character, resolution, and political skills to resolve the dispute with the aristocracy?

Louis XVI

What event led to a new set of issues and problems that ultimately led to the revolution?

Summoning of the French Estates General

Who replaced Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne, and heralded imminent political reform?

Jacques Necker

What was the main point of conflict as the Estates General opened?

Representation of the Third Estate

Who found the financial situation dire after replacing Charles Alexandre de Calonne?

Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne

What was the outcome of the monarchy's attempts to increase taxes on the nobility?

The nobility resisted and demanded the restoration of their privileges

What was the monarchy's response to the ongoing conflicts with aristocratic and ecclesiastical institutions?

Attempting to assert political authority

What was the primary cause of the financial crisis faced by the French royal government in the late 1780s?

Excessive royal expenditures

Who would eventually defeat armies composed of professional soldiers?

The National Constituent Assembly

What was the outcome of the Third Estate's refusal to sit as a separate order as the king desired?

The king made concessions to the Third Estate

Who was seen as having a model character and seeking economic improvement?

George III of Great Britain

What was the significance of the summoning of the French Estates General for the first time since 1614?

It indicated the monarchy's willingness to reform

What was the key demand of the Assembly of Notables regarding tax matters?

Involvement of the Estates General in tax matters

What was the proportion of the royal budget consumed by the interest and payments on the royal debt on the eve of the revolution?

More than 75%

What proportion of the royal budget was consumed by the interest and payments on the royal debt on the eve of the revolution?

One-half

What was the main reason for the French royal government's financial crisis in the late 1780s?

Supporting the American revolution

What was the primary composition of the Third Estate, which played a significant role in the revolution?

Peasants and laborers

Who faced vicious accusations and was considered detached and ineffective on the eve of the revolution?

Marie Antoinette

What was the monarchy's response to the ongoing conflicts with aristocratic and ecclesiastical institutions?

Increased taxes on the nobility

What was the significance of the summoning of the French Estates General for the first time since 1614?

It led to a new set of issues and problems that ultimately led to the revolution

What did the parlements, dominated by the aristocracy, use to defend their cause?

The language of liberty and reform

What was the monarchy's struggle with the political power of aristocratic institutions and the parlements attributed to?

Lack of moral authority

In contrast to other contemporary monarchs, what distinct disadvantage did the French monarchy face?

More problematic public image

What was the outcome of the monarchy's attempts to increase taxes on the nobility?

Facing resistance from the aristocracy

Who lacked the character, resolution, and political skills to resolve the dispute with the aristocracy?

Louis XVI

What was the monarchy's attempt to increase taxes on the nobility a response to?

Financial crisis and inability to collect sufficient taxes

Study Notes

French Financial Crisis and the Estates General

  • George III of Great Britain was seen as having a model character and seeking economic improvement.
  • France's intervention in the American Revolution worsened Louis XVI's financial problems.
  • Jacques Necker's report downplayed France's financial difficulties, revealing excessive royal expenditures.
  • Charles Alexandre de Calonne proposed bold financial reforms, facing opposition from the Assembly of Notables.
  • The Assembly of Notables called for the reappointment of Necker and insisted on the Estates General's involvement in tax matters.
  • Louis XVI replaced Calonne with Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne, who found the financial situation dire.
  • The Parlement of Paris and the clergy refused to authorize new taxes and demanded the restoration of their privileges.
  • Local aristocratic parlements and estates in the provinces made their own demands, escalating the crisis.
  • Bankers refused to extend credit to the government, leading to the convocation of the Estates General in 1789.
  • Necker replaced Brienne, and political reform was imminent, largely determined by conflicts emerging from the summoning of the Estates General.

The Financial Crisis of the French Monarchy

  • By the late 1780s, the French royal government faced a financial crisis due to the heavy expenditures associated with supporting the American revolution.
  • The monarchy's search for adequate revenues led to ongoing conflicts with aristocratic and ecclesiastical institutions.
  • The French Estates General was summoned for the first time since 1614, leading to a new set of issues and problems that ultimately led to the revolution.
  • On the eve of the revolution, the interest and payments on the royal debt amounted to just over one-half of the entire budget.
  • France's inability to collect sufficient taxes led to an impoverished government, with peasants bearing the heaviest tax burden.
  • The monarchy struggled to come to terms with the political power of aristocratic institutions and the parlements.
  • The monarchs lacked the character, resolution, and political skills to resolve the dispute with the aristocracy.
  • The monarchy's attempts to increase taxes on the nobility faced opposition from both the Parlement of Paris and provincial parlements.
  • The parlements, dominated by the aristocracy, used the language of liberty and reform to defend their cause.
  • The monarchy lost much of its moral authority, with Louis XVI considered detached and ineffective, and Marie Antoinette facing vicious accusations.
  • The French monarch stood at a distinct popular disadvantage in his clashes with the aristocracy.
  • In contrast to other contemporary monarchs, the French monarchy faced a more problematic public image and daily reality.

French Financial Crisis and the Estates General

  • George III of Great Britain was seen as having a model character and seeking economic improvement.
  • France's intervention in the American Revolution worsened Louis XVI's financial problems.
  • Jacques Necker's report downplayed France's financial difficulties, revealing excessive royal expenditures.
  • Charles Alexandre de Calonne proposed bold financial reforms, facing opposition from the Assembly of Notables.
  • The Assembly of Notables called for the reappointment of Necker and insisted on the Estates General's involvement in tax matters.
  • Louis XVI replaced Calonne with Étienne Charles Loménie de Brienne, who found the financial situation dire.
  • The Parlement of Paris and the clergy refused to authorize new taxes and demanded the restoration of their privileges.
  • Local aristocratic parlements and estates in the provinces made their own demands, escalating the crisis.
  • Bankers refused to extend credit to the government, leading to the convocation of the Estates General in 1789.
  • Necker replaced Brienne, and political reform was imminent, largely determined by conflicts emerging from the summoning of the Estates General.

The Financial Crisis of the French Monarchy

  • By the late 1780s, the French royal government faced a financial crisis due to the heavy expenditures associated with supporting the American revolution.
  • The monarchy's search for adequate revenues led to ongoing conflicts with aristocratic and ecclesiastical institutions.
  • The French Estates General was summoned for the first time since 1614, leading to a new set of issues and problems that ultimately led to the revolution.
  • On the eve of the revolution, the interest and payments on the royal debt amounted to just over one-half of the entire budget.
  • France's inability to collect sufficient taxes led to an impoverished government, with peasants bearing the heaviest tax burden.
  • The monarchy struggled to come to terms with the political power of aristocratic institutions and the parlements.
  • The monarchs lacked the character, resolution, and political skills to resolve the dispute with the aristocracy.
  • The monarchy's attempts to increase taxes on the nobility faced opposition from both the Parlement of Paris and provincial parlements.
  • The parlements, dominated by the aristocracy, used the language of liberty and reform to defend their cause.
  • The monarchy lost much of its moral authority, with Louis XVI considered detached and ineffective, and Marie Antoinette facing vicious accusations.
  • The French monarch stood at a distinct popular disadvantage in his clashes with the aristocracy.
  • In contrast to other contemporary monarchs, the French monarchy faced a more problematic public image and daily reality.

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