Enlightened Despots in Europe


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What was the Enlightenment?

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1. What defines an enlightened despot?

2. Which of these is NOT a general trait of an enlightened despot?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can use this assessment to test your understanding of several enlightened despots from European history. Some things you'll be tested on include the basics of the Enlightenment era and notable enlightened rulers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The definition and characteristics of the Enlightenment
  • Meaning and traits of an enlightened despot
  • The significance of Catherine II, Frederick II and Joseph II
  • Voltaire's identity and relevance

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall from the lesson important information on enlightened despots and some examples from European history
  • Defining key concepts - check to ensure that you can accurately define key terms from the lesson, such as Enlightenment and enlightened despot
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained from the lesson to identify specific enlightened despots and other relevant figures

Additional Learning

Learn more about the Enlightenment and monarchy by reading over the corresponding lesson called Enlightened Despots in Europe. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of the Enlightenment
  • The Enlightenment's effect on European monarchies
  • Reforms of Joseph II
  • Frederick II
  • Reign of Catherine II