The Fall of Napoleon and Your Study Guide




By the beginning of 1812, Napoleon was at the height of his power in Europe. He controlled all of Europe either directly or indirectly yet Great Britain was still out of his reach. He sought to bring Britain to her knees through an economic blockade known as the Continental System. But in 1810 the Russian Czar Alexander I began to trade with the British which led to Napoleon’s decision to invade Russia and force Russia to cease trading with the British. Historians have long regarded this as Napoleon’s greatest mistake as the Russians merely retreated into the vastness of Russia. The harshness of the Russian winter decimated Napoleon’s army and gave Napoleon’s enemies an opportunity to defeat him at the Battle of Leipzig(also called the Battle of the Nations)


Battle of Waterloo

Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba in the Mediterranean but after a year he returned to Paris where he was welcomed as a returning hero. Napoleon gathered an army and faced a British and Prussian army led by the British Duke of Wellington at Waterloo in Belgium where he met his final defeat. Afterwards, the nations of Europe gathered at the Congress of Vienna where they remade Europe and attempted to roll back the Enlightenment changes brought by the French Revolution.

We will examine Napoleon’s fall, attempt to regain glory at Waterloo and Congress of Vienna. Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to complete any incomplete work and we will watch the video on Napoleon’s life. Link to the Powerpoint and textbook reading are found below.

The Fall of Napoleon Powerpoint

The Fall of Napoleon Guided Notes

Napoleon’s Empire Collapses Textbook Reading

The Congress of Vienna Textbook Reading

As we near the end of the semester you can complete one or two of the special projects listed below for bonus points.
The Study Guide will be at least 150 points if complete. Most of the midterm
Download from the link below
Below are all the assignments due during this grading period

The Rise of Napoleon


This week we will examine one of the most important people in World History Napoleon Bonaparte. After the chaos of the Reign of Terror Napoleon rose quickly up the ladder of power in France. We will first look at his rise to power through his military victories, the overthrow of the Directory, appointment as First Consul and then as Emperor. We will conclude by looking at the Peninsular War in Spain by looking at the painting Third of May by Francisco de Goya. Afterwards, you will complete a crossword puzzle and guided reading on the rise of Napoleon.

Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte Powerpoint


We will use the following videos video below to help us understand the painting The Third of May by Goya.


Looking at the Peninsular War through Goya’s Third of May Worksheet

The Rise of Napoleon Guided Reading

Napoleon Forges An Empire Textbook Reading


The French Revolution:The Republic and the Reign of Terror



Last period we saw the causes of The French Revolution which led to the beginnings of the Revolution with the storming of the Bastille. We will continue to examine the events of the Revolution as it led to the Republic, the execution of King Louis XVI and finally the Reign of Terror as the Committee on Public Safety led by Danton & Robespierre began to send to the guillotine those perceived to be the enemies of the Revolution.


The French Revolution: The Republic & The Reign of Terror Powerpoint

The French Revolution: The Republic & The Reign of Terror Guided Notes


The Revolution Brings Reform & Terror Textbook Reading (you need to make sure that you do more than just review the powerpoints. Make sure you complete the textbook readings in order to gain a deeper understanding.)


Lastly, you will make a Tombstone and epitaph of a French revolution personality.Use the attached template.

Make a Gravestone and epitaph Worksheet & template

Your task: Write the epitaph (a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person) like you’d find on a gravestone for a person from this unit. You may earn extra points if you make it artistic. Complete 2 from the following:

Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, George Danton, Jean Paul Marat, Maximillian Robespierre, Charlotte Corday

Your epitaph should follow this model:

Here Lies….



Husband/wife of….

Father/Mother/brother/son of…or

Member of which political group

Famous for…

Remembered for…

Include two pictures that represent the person. (for royals use French Royal symbols & for others use symbols of the French Revolution.)

Finally, we will watch the following video on the Terror.


robespierre-executed                                                                                         The Terror ended with the execution of Robespierre.


The Causes of the French Revolution


This week we will examine a very important part of Europe and World history The French Revolution. By the mid 1700s France was considered the most advanced country in the world and the center of the Enlightenment. Yet while France had all the appearances of a rich prosperous country this appearance was deceiving as France was deep in debt and simmering in unrest as France suffered from high taxes, high inflation, inequality and lingering questions raised by Enlightenment thinkers such as Voltaire and Rousseau. These tensions and problems led to the French Revolution.


As we examine the issues of the French Revolution you will look at the different phases and issues of the Revolution through the viewpoints & perspectives of different classes of French citizens. During this time citizens of France were divided into classes or Estates. The Three Estates were: First Estate: Clergy, Second Estate: Nobility, Third Estate: Everyone else  (About 95 percent of the population, including the bourgeoisie(middle class), urban workers, and rural peasants.

French Revolution Powerpoint Part 1

The French Revolution Begins Guided Notes

The Causes of the French Revolution: Primary Sources and Questions

The French Revolution Begins Textbook Reading

Get ready for a Test and Catch Up!

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Before Thanksgiving break, we will take a test on the absolute Monarchs. Most of the test will be online. You will also have an opportunity to catch up since senior photos have caused many of you to miss classroom time.

Use this for an Absolute Monarchs textbook link for study

Before taking the test we will look at an atrocity that took place during the Thirty Years War. There will be at least two questions from this Powerpoint.

Sack of Magdeburg Powerpoint

Sack of Magdeburg Guided Notes

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Below are all the assignments you have had this grading period.

Spanish Armada Crossword

Spanish Armada Primary and Secondary Sources and Worksheet

8 block questions & Crossword

Palace of Versailles Virtual Tour Worksheet

For the above Virtual Tour Worksheet use Virtual Tour of the Palace of Versailles  Website   (Stockholm 360)

Reading Comprehension Worksheet

English Civil War Timeline

Monarchy in England & Oliver Cromwell character worksheet

Parliament limits the English Monarchy Textbook Reading(use this reading for the Oliver Cromwell character worksheet)

Since we have been looking at European monarchs we have encountered Roman numerals. If you aren’t used to Roman numerals then they can be confusing. Use the link below to help understand how to understand Roman numerals.

WikiHow: How to Understand Roman Numerals

How did the Super Bowl start using Roman Numerals

Absolute Monarchy in Russia & Central Europe


Next, we will look at absolute Monarchy in Russia and Central Europe. First, we will examine Russia and then a quick overview of Central Europe including the Holy Roman Empire, The Thirty Years War, Austria, Prussia, and The Seven Years War.

Russia and Central Europe Powerpoint

Russia and Central Europe Guided Notes

The story of absolute monarchy and Russia is the story of the struggle between traditional Russian culture and the advances of Western European culture. You will examine 3 rulers of Russia, Ivan IV(known as Ivan the Terrible), Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great.


Ivan the Terrible

Peter the Great

Catherine the Great


Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great

Absolute Rulers of Russia Textbook Reading

Catherine the Great Textbook Reading

Lastly, you will answer constructive response questions and examine the character of Oliver Cromwell. You will be provided with a textbook section to complete the worksheet.

Monarchy in England & Oliver Cromwell character worksheet

Parliament limits the English Monarchy Textbook Reading

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Monarchy in England


The story of the monarchy in England is the story of the struggle between the monarch and Parliament the legislative body of England. In contrast to the monarchs of Spain & France, the English monarchs were limited by Parliament. This culminated in the struggle between King Charles I and Parliament which resulted in the English Civil War. The Civil War ended with Parliamentary victory and a Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. The Commonwealth ended with the death of Cromwell and Charles II became king with the Restoration of the monarchy in England. Yet the power of Parliament remained supreme for when King James II began to assert his power he was overthrown in the Glorious Revolution & his daughter Mary &  William of Orange become co-regents, William & Mary. Thus begins England as a constitutional monarchy. A monarchy which is limited by law.


The Powerpoint is found in the link below as well as the worksheet which includes a timeline & crossword puzzle. If you finish early you can work on your Monarch Facebook profile.


English Civil War  (1642–1651)

Monarchy in England Powerpoint

English Civil War Timeline

Parliament Limits the English Monarchy Textbook Reading

Ever wonder the difference between Great Britain, United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales, & Ireland? The video below will help you understand

Take of Virtual Tour of the Palace of Versailles


Last class period we looked at absolute monarchs in France which culminated in the Sun King Louis XIV. This week you will take a virtual tour of the grandest palace in the world the Palace of Versailles.  You will go to a website featuring a virtual tour of the Palace. You must examine 5 areas of the Palace and as you examine each area take notes and pay special attention to how the Palace reflects Louis XIV’s view of himself and monarchy. List and describe the items you see in the Palace. You can choose any areas of the Palace but everyone must examine the Hall of Mirrors(which also played a major role in the Paris Peace talks that ended WWI). When you finish summarize in at least 2 paragraphs by answering the following question: How does the Palace of Versailles reflect the desire of Louis XIV to be an absolute ruler & to be known as the Sun King?

Chateau de Versailles - Galerie des Glaces

Palace of Versailles Virtual Tour Worksheet

Palace of Versailles Virtual Tour Power Point (Has today’s Bellringer)

You can use any of the websites below. The Stockholm site is easiest to identify the rooms. The Google Streetview doesn’t have tourists. Use which is easiest for you.

Virtual Tour of the Palace of Versailles Website   (Stockholm 360)

Google Streetview of the Palace of Versailles 

You Visit- A tour of the Palace of Versailles (best for the Gardens)


Louis XIV The Sun King

When you finish you will complete a reading Comprehension worksheet on the Palace. Read about the history of the Palace of Versailles and then answer the 12 multiple choice questions.

Reading Comprehension Worksheet

We will also watch the following videos featuring The Palace of Versailles

Absolute Monarchs: France & Louis XIV

This week we will continue to discuss absolute monarchs by examining the development of the monarchy in France. We will begin by looking at the conflict between the Huguenots (French Calvinist Protestants) and the Roman Catholic majority, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, and the ascent of Henry IV to the throne of France as he converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism so he can become King of France. The video below shows the horror of the St. Bartholomew’s  Day Massacre.


Much of our time though will be dedicated to discussing Louis XIV called the Sun King because he believed France and the world revolved around him. Louis declared ‘L’etat c’est moi’ I am the State. Louis XIV is the best example of an absolute monarch and had a greater impact both positive & negative on France than any other monarch.

Absolute Monarchy in France PowerpointAbsolute Monarchy in France Powerpoint

Absolute Monarchy in France Guided Notes

After finishing your notes we will complete an 8 block question organizer. Each block has a different style of question. Complete all and then complete the crossword puzzle on the back.

8 block questions & Crossword

SunKing Louis XIV The Sun King Symbol

The following textbook link will aid you in a deeper understanding of absolutism in France: Absolute Monarchy in France: The Reign of Louis XIV textbook reading

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Finally, If we have time we will spend class-time watching the video below. The Rise and Fall of Versailles. 

Spanish Armada DBQ

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Today we will continue an examination of the Spanish Armada with the completion of a Spanish Armada DBQ(Data-based Question) The worksheet contains both primary and secondary sources which you will use to complete the worksheet.

  • We will review the Spanish Armada
  • Complete the short crossword
  • Read the primary sources & secondary sources.
  • Answer the Understanding questions
  • Analyze: write one or two sentences explaining the reasons for the defeat of the Armada
  • Prioritize the reasons for the Spanish defeat in order and explain the reasons for their importance
  • Write 3 paragraphs on why the Spanish Armada failed. Use your answers on the worksheet to help you complete your paragraphs. Make sure you refer to the primary & secondary sources. You can complete your paragraphs on the back of the crossword paper.

Spanish Armada Review Powerpoint

Spanish Armada Crossword

Spanish Armada Primary and Secondary Sources and Worksheet


We will also watch a trailer for the movie Elizabeth The Golden Age. The trailer presents the tension and battles of the age but the movie itself is highly inaccurate. In the movie, Sir Walter Raliegh is the leader of the English fleet but in reality, it was led by Lord Howard and Sir Francis Drake. The famous Tilbury speech given by Elizabeth is also very inaccurate in the movie.  For a review of the movie, its mistakes, and a good discussion of the Spanish Armada go this good website.

While you work we will watch the following BBC documentary on the Spanish Armada