The Age of Revolution: Europe 1789-1848 Test | Final 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 were the three paths for a member of the working poor during the mid-1800s?

2. In what way, in Hobsbawm's account, did the nobility use religion?

3. How was Mozart's Magic Flute connected to the politics of Mozart's time, in Hobsbawm's account?

4. What contrast became very clear as industrialism developed in Europe?

5. Where was Chartism an active part of the political landscape?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hobsbawm say labor organizers were promising workers, as the gap between rich and poor grew?

2. Why were Jews and Protestants in particular successful and socially mobile, in Hobsbawm's account?

3. How does Hobsbawm say religion was changing after the French Revolution?

4. Why, in Hobsbawm's account, was Britain the only industrialized nation in 1848?

5. What are the three sources Hobsbawm refers to when he says that artists made the effects of industrialization a common theme?

6. What does Hobsbawm say was growing along with and as a result of Protestantism?

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

8. How does Hobsbawm say France in particular created opportunities for a new middle class?

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

10. What examples does Hobsbawm cite to demonstrate his point that the arts were responsive to the socioeconomic conditions in Europe in the mid-1800s?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are Hobsbawm's historiographical priorities? What historiographical methods characterize his work? What themes is he interested in? How does he explore them? Compare this work (or contrast it) with other works of history you have read.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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