The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions


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Which of the following social groups did most of the tax money come from prior to the French Revolution?

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1. Which of the following did NOT contribute to the dire economic situation France found itself in on the eve of the Revolution?

2. Why was the Seven Years' War crippling to the French economy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During the 18th century, different factors, events and intellectual movements collided and pushed France toward revolution. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand some of the economic, political and social conditions that created a perfect storm of resistance to the French king and court and helped trigger the French Revolution.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Which group was most heavily taxed before the French Revolution
  • What contributed to the economic situation in France prior to the Revolution
  • The two-front war that financially crippled France in the mid-eighteenth century
  • The event that served as a model for the French Revolution
  • Government attempts to quell revolt

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of the French Revolution to answer questions about its causes
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define key terms such as Assembly of Notables and Seven Years' War
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the causes of the French Revolution and the American Revolution
  • Making connections - examine 18th century philosophy as a cause of the French Revolution

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the causes of the French Revolution. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand economic conditions in France
  • Know issues and problems of different social classes
  • Know the effect of popular political writing on the reputation of the French court
  • Understand the burden of taxation on the French peasantry
  • Understand the American Revolution as a model for France