• This program opens with a discussion of Louis XVI’s inexperience as leader. How do you think Louis XVI’s qualities as a leader led to the French Revolution? Because he wasn't prepared for being a king

  • What were some of the causes of the French Revolution discussed in this program? politically engaged amidst tremendous poverty, intellectual transformation, and ultimately... violence.

  • What was the “Enlightenment”? “Age of Reason"
Who were some of its major thinkers and writers?

  • Why did the French people have such negative feelings toward Marie Antoinette? Because they thought she didn't want to have sex with him.

  • What was the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen”? is a fundamental document of the French Revolution, defining the individual and collective rights of all the estates of the realm as universal.
  • How does it relate to the U.S. Constitution?

  • What was the Third Estate? is a pamphlet written by Abbé Sieyès in January 1789.
  • Which groups in French society did it include?

  • One of the historians interviewed in this program calls the French Revolution “the crossroads of the modern world.” What do you think this means? The middle east was called the crossroads of the world because it was the meeting of three continents- Asia, Africa, and Europe
  • Do you agree with this claim? Ya

  • At first, it seemed that King Louis XVI would cooperate with some of the demands of the Third Estate. Why do you think he ultimately reacted so violently against them?

  • What kind of leader was Robespierre? "the Incorruptible"
  • Do you think he did a good job of representing the wishes of the French people? Yes

  • What was the role of women in the French Revolution? women contributed a great deal to the French Revolution, their involvement always proved controversial. Whether they were rioting over the price of food at local markets, petitioning for political participation, or making bandages for the war, women in the eyes of the majority were overbearing and undeserving of citizenship.


  • Can you think of some examples of their contribution to the Revolution from this program?

  • Why do you think the initial goals of the Revolution became so distorted during the “Reign of Terror”?
  • Why do you think Robespierre had so much fear of political traitors?

  • What do you think were the most important long-term effects of the French Revolution? What were its legacies?