Geography France & Benelux Countries Study Guide Name _________________________________ 1. What can you find in Lascaux Cave in France? What does it tell us about France? 2. What was France called in ancient times? Who settled there? 3. When did Roman rule begin? When did it end? What group then conquered the area? Who was the greatest leader? 4. Who was William the Conqueror? What led to the Hundred Years War? How did it end? 5. When and where did France build its empire? 6. What brought about the French Revolution? When did it begin? What leader would later take over rule? What happened to him in 1815? 7. What happened to France in World War I & II? What happened with many French colonies during the 1950’s and 1960’s? 8. What is the major language of France? What is its major religion? 9. Describe some of the customs of the French. 10. Describe some of the movements in art, literature and thinking that have happened in France. 11. What is the capital of France? What are some of the famous landmarks there? Briefly describe the life of the French – economy, work, agriculture and size. 12. What are the Benelux Countries? What are some of the nations that have controlled the area? What is government and the economies like there today? 13. Describe the Netherlands. What are some of the big cities? What industries will you find? What are some distinctly Dutch products? 14. Describe the Belgium. What are some of the big cities? What industries will you find? What are some distinctly Belgium products? 15. Describe Luxembourg. What are the major languages? What is the major religion? What are the major contributors to the economy? 16. What are polders and why do we find them in the Netherlands?