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

2. How did the people in political power react to middle class ideology, in Hobsbawm's account?

3. How did Hobsbawm characterize the change in the way that people related to the land, and the way land was related to the economy?

4. How religious does Hobsbawm say the working classes were, by modern standards?

5. Based on these landmarks, what were the dates of the beginning and the peak of middle class ideology?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hobsbawm say were the three paths a working class person could choose in 1848?

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

4. How did the working poor act out politically, when they did act out, in Hobsbawm's account?

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

6. Which religions were expanding as the Catholic Church's importance was declining?

7. Why does Hobsbawm describe the changing use of the landscape "the most catastrophic phenomenon" of the period?

8. What works marked the beginning and the peak, respectively, of middle class ideology, in Hobsbawm's account?

9. Why was France's economy left behind, in Hobsbawm's account?

10. How did those in power react to the spread of middle class ideology, in Hobsbawm's account?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways were the French Revolution and Industrial Revolution 'revolutions' in the technical sense (i.e. turnings back toward some previous state) and in what ways were they revolutionary (i.e. unprecedented, original events)?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Communism in the economy and Romanticism in the arts as two responses to industrialization. How are they related? How are they different manifestations of reactions against the same cultural environment?

Essay Topic 3

70How does the Age of Revolution look if you discard the superlatives and try to see merely the new, small, day-to-day changes that made life markedly different from one year to the next over a period of 50 to 70 years? Write an extended journal entry or a series of short essays to describe what it must have been like for nineteenth-century Europeans to experience such a long period of consistent change.

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