Essay Topic 1
Growing up, Marie Antoinette had fifteen siblings. First, describe the dynamic of a family that has so many children. How did Maria Teresa and Stephen manage to keep order in the house? What were the benefits for Marie Antoinette in having so many siblings? What were the downsides? How did Marie Antoinette's relationship with her various siblings help shape her as a future political leader? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Describe Marie Antoinette's formal education when she was a young girl. What subjects were most emphasized in her studies? Which were left out completely? In which ways was Marie Antoinette's success as a student reliant on her own determination, and when was success completely out of her hands? How can you see the effects of Marie Antoinette's education on her success as a political leader? Be...
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