Assignment #2: Causes of the French Revolution Part 1: Origins of the French Revolution: French Estates How might the opulence of Versailles lead to tensions in 18th century French society? [1-2 sentences] Old Regime: The system of Absolute Monarchy in France. The revolution will overthrow this “Old Regime.” French estates: Summarize the main characteristics of each estate. (BULLET POINTS OK) First Estate Second Estate Third Estate Answer the following questions: 1. The first and second estates are called the privileged estates – WHY? 2. What are some issues the Third Estate might have had with the other two estates and the King? Part 2: Causes of the French Revolution Documents Watch the first few minutes from History Channel: French Revolution and take notes below on the following question: What problems in France make people unhappy with their government? How does Louis XVI aggravate these problems?