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 was the consequence of British land reforms in India?

2. Who were the working poor typically rebelling against, in Hobsbawm's account?

3. In what respect does Hobsbawm say that Britain was well-situated as industrialism expanded?

4. How does Hobsbawm describe the traditional system of agriculture?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What role did religion serve, even as Europe was becoming more secular?

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

6. How does Hobsbawm define middle class ideology?

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

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

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

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

Who are the main characters in Hobsbawm's "The Age of Revolution"? Is it the nations themselves, or the political parties, or industries characters? Does Hobsbawm describe them as individual characters? Cite a few instances of how Hobsbawm relates individuals to parties, and individual experience to historical developments.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Was the secularization of European culture a benefit or a disadvantage of industrialization? Or, was it simply a transition, as people found their religion in other places? What functions had religion served that were now served by other, secular developments?

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