Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the French Revolution Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


Before the Movie


What do you know about the French Revolution?

What can cause a nation’s citizens to revolt? 


During the Movie (Pause Points)


Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:


Timecode 1:26: What was the connection between the Age of Enlightenment’s political philosophy and the American Revolution? 

Timecode 1:51: In what ways was France ripe for revolution? Could King Louis XVI have stopped it at this point? 

Timecode: 2:30: Why was the Third Estate the most angered by Absolute Monarchy? 

Timecode 2:53: What could be the result of calling out troops against starving people? 

Timecode 3:27: What can you deduce about a government that consists of “factions”?

Timecode 4:06: How did war with other nations affect the outcome of the revolution? 


After the Movie


Was the French Revolution the cause or the result of social upheaval? Explain your answer. 

If you were King Louis XVI, how would you have tried to stop the revolution? 




*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.