Sunday, 23 November 2008

Quiz time

Yes ladies and gentlemen it's time to see if you've been paying attention in class or not.

The course title is "Europe 1789-1871", but this is the mid-term so we've only got up to c. 1840

1. Choose SIX out of the following events, ideas, objects or organisations and explain in two or three sentences what it was, and why it was important:

a) the Estates General

b) the Great Reform Act

c) the Spinning Mule

d) the Code Napoléon

e) the Belgian Revolution

f) the Peninsular War

g) Coup of "18 Brumaire"

h) the July Ordinances

i) the Carlsbad Decrees

j) Peterloo

2. Identify SIX out of the following individuals, writing one or two sentences to explain their importance:

a) Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

b) Edmund Burke

c) Friedrich Schelling

d) Daniel O'Connell

e) King Charles X

f) Henry Hunt

g) Charles Fourier

h) Klemens von Metternich

i) Maximilien Robespierre

j) King Louis-Philippe

k) James Watt

l) Victor Hugo

have fun.


ursus arctos said...

You've eased up on them significantly from last year's standard.

Spangly Princess said...

it's true, basically they all got themselves into an immeasurable panic. I tried to compensate with more challenging essay questions.

They still think I'm a hard grader as well, despite my best efforts.

cerebus64 said...

Estates General is important because it was the first real estate agency ever.
The Spinning Mule was a genetically modified mule. When used to pull a grindstone, the spinning moment increased significantly the grindstone speed.

ursus arctos said...

You are dealing with children of privilege who have been shielded from the real world and are now thousands of km from their parental protectors.

You can't help but be a hard grader in that context. I would probably get fired before the end of term.

Cerebus is of course wrong, the Spinning Mule was Napoli's first mascot.

Steven said...

I'd still love to get a copy of those course documents :)

I'll add my thoughts on the Belgian Revolution:

In 1830, the French speaking Belgians in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands were afraid of losing their language and heritage to the dutch, so after the showing of 'La muette de Portici' in Brussels, the French upper class decided to riot against Dutch king Willem I. Result: Belgium declared independence on 4 octobre 1830.

Strangely enough, that day is not our national holiday. It's 21/07, the inauguration day of our first king Leopold I.

Richard said...

The Belgian Revolution was obviously the cull of celebrities. Only Hercule Poirot and Enzo Scifo escaped the guillotine.

Martinus Scriblerus said...

The Great Reform Act was enacted, in Earl Grey's words 'to prevent the necessity of actual Reform'. The Coup of "18 Brumaire" is an interesting phrase. 18 Brumaire refers both to a bromide-based chemical weapon developed under the Code Napoleon. A hip-hop collective named themselves after this chemical agent, and the The Coup of 18 Brumaire was their sell-out world tour. True story.

joejoejoe said...

Peterloo is the private washroom of Chelsea's chief executive.

chris c paul said...

estates generale- kind of like the french parliament. It was important because it it wasn't important enough...

the reform act wasn't really all that great but was probably enough to see off a revolution in the UK. A defining moment of hegmony rather than meaningful reform.

the spinning mule was presumably a piece of machinery that angered soon to be out of work artisans who would then throw their shoes at it.

code napoleon was surprisingly not a make of aftershave but a simplification and strengthening of legal processes that most british people have never heard of as it is not the magna carta.

Belgian Revolution- a revolution smaller and more protestant than the french revolution

Peterloo- the massacre of the working classes looms large in the history of the guardian newspaper

duke of wellington- bit of cunt- bit good at killing the French. The shape of his boots would later inspire the deign of the U-Boat?

burke- the eponynmous burke was an arch critic of the French revolution but a very clever man.

King Charles X- easily confused with Charles IX and Charles X1. I guess he was Swedish (unless he is Spanish), probably Catholic or maybe Protestant and mucked around in Russia, other scandinavian countries, and the napoleonic wars (like everyone else).

charles fournier- kind of like a cross between Jim Jones and Michael Eavis. a intellectual idealist with good practical sense and a penchant for communal living.

Metternich- smug but clever german diplomat- big on diplomacy bad at democracy.

Robespierre- Idealist turned tyrant. Had a nasty end.

victor Hugo- Big on patriotism and the myth of chivalry but also suspicious of despots? My biggest knowledge of his literary output comes from Dogtanien and the 3 muskahounds.