Arc de Triomphe: History & Facts


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The Arc de Triomphe was ordered by this French leader.

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1. The Arc de Triomphe's imagery most commonly invokes victory over which traditional enemy of France?

2. Whose grave rests under the Arc?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Arc de Triomphe has a complex history, and these interactive study materials will help you test your understanding of the important meaning it has to the history of France.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Completion date of the monument
  • The Arc de Triomphe and its role in propaganda
  • Triumphal arches around the world
  • Who commissioned the Arc and why
  • Whose grave is under the Arc

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - understand how the Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of French pride
  • Critical thinking - think about the history of this monument in a more in-depth and different light
  • Distinguishing differences - discuss how the Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of pride and how it can also be used as a symbol of shame
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to discuss the history and meaning of the Arc de Triomphe

Additional Learning

To learn more about this important French landmark, review the lesson on The History of the Arc de Triomphe. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the importance of the Napoleonic Wars in the construction of the Arc de Triomphe
  • Discuss how the monument has been used as propaganda
  • Explore how it inspired the construction of monuments around the world, such as the Monumento a la Revolucion in Mexico City and the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • Identify some of the symbols on the Arc