Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy


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Which of the following were controversial views held by Montesquieu?

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1. According to Montesquieu, governments could improve people's lives by:

2. Why did Montesquieu have a negative opinion of monarchies and dictatorships?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll be assessed on your knowledge of Montesquieu's beliefs and important works. You'll need to answer questions about his views on government and human nature.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Challenge yourself with questions on the following:

  • Three types of government Montesquieu identified
  • Books Montesquieu wrote
  • A government that Montesquieu admired
  • How democratic republics survived, according to Montesquieu
  • What governs the actions of men, according to Montesquieu

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Baron de Montesquieu's life and ideas
  • Making connections - use understanding of Montesquieu's beliefs in relation to the structure of modern western governments
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Montesquieu's three types of true government

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the accompanying lesson, Baron de Montesquieu: Biography, Theories & Philosophy, for further details on this influential figure. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know Montesquieu's upbringing and educational background
  • Distinguish between types of government
  • Discover which form of government Montesquieu believed was best
  • Understand how Montesquieu's ideas influenced modern western governments