Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples


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Which of the following is the most accurate definition of absolute monarchy?

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1. Which French monarch was considered a prime example of absolute monarchy?

2. Which Russian ruler was considered an example of absolute monarchy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When we think of historical monarchies, we typically think of the king having total control over the kingdom. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of absolutism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What absolute monarchy is
  • Key rulers who practiced absolute monarchy
  • What divine-right rule is

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about absolutism
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as what divine-right rule is
  • Making connections - correlate your historical knowledge with what you've learned about monarchies to determine which rulers practiced absolutism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about absolute monarchy and significant rulers

Additional Learning

To learn more about absolute monarchy, review the accompanying lesson called Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defines the principle beliefs held in absolutism
  • Covers major monarchs and kingdoms that practiced absolutism