Napoleonic Code: The Civil Code of 1804


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What was the French legal system like in 1800?

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1. Who appointed a commission to develop a unified code of law that would apply to all French people in every part of France?

2. Marie was a wife in 1810. This is her second marriage and her first husband died and left her with a large amount of property. She has decided that she wants to leave her current husband. Why would this be a problem for her?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

We owe much of the way we view the law to the Napoleonic Civil Code. This quiz and worksheet will help you test your understanding of some of the aspects of the Napoleonic Civil Code and its establishment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your knowledge of the following:

  • Books of the Civil Code
  • Origin of the commission that established the Civil Code
  • State of the French legal system in 1800

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related European history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about the significance of the Civil Code
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify who appointed the commission that developed the code

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson Napoleonic Code: The Civil Code of 1804. The lesson deals with the following objectives:

  • Discuss Napoleon's hands-on approach in regard to the development of a unified civil code
  • Detail the three books of the Napoleonic Code
  • Investigate which French citizens did not benefit from the Civil Code
  • Relate how the issue of slavery was addressed