The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What set the stage for the French Revolution, in Hobsbawm's account?

2. What relationship had begun to dominate between landowners and farmers in England in the late 1700s?

3. What was the age of scientific and political progress in the 1700s called?

4. What does Hobsbawm say was the greatest influence on political thought in the 19th century?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the geographical consequences of the Napoleonic Wars, in Hobsbawm's account?

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

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

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

5. Describe Robespierre's influence on the French Revolution.

6. What does Hobsbawm say was the paradox of progress in certain countries of Europe?

7. Why does Hobsbawm say that raw materials like iron and coal did not expand the same way as cotton began to expand in the 1780s?

8. What conditions made Britain ripe for the Industrial Revolution, according to Hobsbawm?

9. Why did a period of peace follow the Napoleonic Wars, in Hobsbawm's account?

10. Who, in Hobsbawm's account, formed the foundation for what Hobsbawm calls "self-conscious' nationalism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hobsbawm says that nationalism was a new phenomenon after 1830, and that it was tied to the rise of a middle class. Explain the relationship between nationalism and the rising middle class. How did the middle class use nationalism to define itself and its desires? What problems or pressures did nationalism answer or resolve for the middle class?

Essay Topic 2

Write a detailed review of "The Age of Revolution". What are the book's main themes and preoccupations? What are its methods? How does it achieve its intentions? Where does it fail to?

Essay Topic 3

Make a brief time line of the changes that were taking place in America from 1789 to 1848. How was the shape of the nation changing? How were the politics changing, and the arts and technology?

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