Question 1. (One typed page)
The French Revolution was an eruption of “liberal” ideas at the end of the eighteenth century.
First, explain in detail what these liberal ideas were and explain how they were different than those of the American Revolution. In your discussion, explain the difference between “Natural” law and “positive” law, and how each applies to the two revolutions.
Second, discuss how you understand these ideas merged into reality as they were implemented during the French Revolution and how they changed during the five “phases” of the Revolution.
Question 2. (One typed page)
Here is your opportunity to show me you can bring theory into reality. Pleasefocus on your logical thoughts, as opposed to yourfeelings, in answering these questions.
First, do you see any similarities between the political Establishment(s) in Europe (the “Old Order”) during the 1 8 15-1830 Reactionary Period, and the political Establishment of today in the United States? If so, what are they?
Second, do you believe the Establishment of today (obviously a combination of Republicans and Democrats) respect the ideas of the “liberty”, as we have discussed them, in leading our society? Why or why not?
Third, which of the current presidential candidates do you think most represents the Establishment of today most closely? How, and in what regard does he/she do so?
Lastly, how does this quote apply to the current United States Election: “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets” Napoleon Bonaparte. As a part of your answer, please state if you agree with the quote or not.
Question 3. (1/2 typed page)
Please use both your emotional and logical thoughts in answering this question.
What do the terms (1) “Liberty” and (2) “Equality” mean to you today? Are they relevant to you in the modern world? Why or why not? In your explanation, give a modern day example of how these terms affect you or those around you.