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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Hobsbawm see a culture combining nationalism with the revolutionary spirit of the French Revolution?

2. Who dominated the Third Estate in the 1780s in France?

3. The merchant class was situated between what and what, in Hobsbawm's account?

4. In what way does Hobsbawm say the world was smaller in 1789?

5. What was Robespierre's role in the Reign of Terror?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hobsbawm describe the working class' living conditions?

2. Who does Hobsbawm say was most receptive to Romanticism, and why?

3. What does Hobsbawm say was the first wave of revolutions to follow the French Revolution?

4. Describe the final defeat of the French forces at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

5. What does Hobsbawm say was the state of the social sciences in the mid-1800s?

6. What does Hobsbawm say were the monarchies' relationships with land use and the economy in 1780?

7. In Hobsbawm's account, why was 1830 a turning point in the history of Europe?

8. What was the effect, in Hobsbawm's account, of the American Revolution on the French Revolution?

9. What does Hobsbawm say is the difference between revolts and national movements?

10. How does Hobsbawm describe France's effect on land reform?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Revolutions took place for years after the French Revolution, some successful, some not. How would you characterize the legacy of the French Revolution in these other revolutions? Were these revolutions independent occurrences? Were they inspired by or in any way caused by the French Revolution? Or, were they merely reactions against the same cultural developments that had happened in France?

Essay Topic 2

Hobsbawm describes the importance of nationalism in the development of a middle class that had developed its own characteristic ideology, which was marked by a faith in a universe that progressed either toward spiritual fulfillment (Hegel) or communism (Marx). Both of these conclusions were for the mass, though, and it would not be until Freud that people could see the difficulties of being individuals within a mass or nation.

Write an essay that addresses the importance of nationalism in your life. In what ways are you a national creature? Does your nationalism interfere with or obscure your individuality?

Essay Topic 3

Make an annotated time line with the important trends and events that marked the development of Europe in the Age of Revolution. Make a map that shows these trends and events as well.

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