Enlightened Despots in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals


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Joseph II was named Holy Roman Emperor in 1765, but he waited until Maria Theresa died to take full control of Austrian affairs. In what year did Maria Theresa die?

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1. Frederick the Great and Maria Theresa fought two years to decide ownership of what territory?

2. Frederick the Great of Prussia was responsible for the following reforms:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Looking at the almost contradictory nature of rulers in the 18th century, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of Enlightened Despotism in France, Austria, and Prussia. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding when Maria Theresa died as well as knowing the territory fought over by Frederick the Great and Maria Theresa.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Worst attempt at Enlightened Despotism
  • Acts of Frederick the Great
  • Conflict between Enlightened Despotism and the Enlightenment
  • Year Maria Theresa died
  • Territorial claims of Frederick the Great and Maria Theresa

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Distinguishing Differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the Enlightenment and Enlightened Despotism
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the characteristic of Enlightened Despotism most at odds with the Enlightenment and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the territory fought over by Frederick the Great and Maria Theresa

Additional Learning

To try and reconcile what was going on inside the heads of rulers in this period, review the corresponding lesson called Enlightened Despotism in France, Austria & Prussia: Reforms & Goals. This lesson will help you:

  • Define Enlightened Despotism
  • Understand the period of the Enlightenment and its characteristics
  • Identify the importance of the Enlightenment in France
  • Describe the activities of Frederick the Great, Maria Theresa, and Joseph II
  • Appreciate how the ideals of the Enlightenment translated to the rulers of the time