Short Essay Questions
1. What was Maria Teresa's royal title at the time of Marie Antoinette's birth?
2. Who acted as Marie Antoinette's "foster family" during her childhood?
3. How did music infiltrate and affect Marie Antoinette's childhood?
4. What type of relationship did Antoinette have with her older siblings while she was growing up?
5. How did Antoinette's father, Stephen, die?
6. What effect did the outbreak of smallpox have on Teresa's plans for her family?
7. Why was Antoinette's marriage considered to be a "by proxy'"marriage?
8. Why did Teresa worry about Antoinette's possible success as an heiress in France?
9. As an adult living in France, how did Antoinette reflect back on her childhood?
10. How did Teresa show her motherly concern for Antoinette before shipping her off to strangers in France?
11. Why wasn't Marie Antoinette permitted to bring any of her belongings into France with her?
12. What was Marie Antoinette's first impression of the king's consort?
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