Smart Task: Popping corks? What is the best analogy to explain the causes of the French Revolution

A smart task for Gifted and Talented pupils in Y9.

  • Towards the end of your study of the causes of the French Revolution, why not ask your G&T pupils to consider the best analogy to explain the causes of the French Revolution.
  • Is it popping of corks as if the problems of French society and government had all been building up in the wine bottles in the cellar until a moment when they all popped at once?
  • Was it rather a question of a bonfire of grievances being built up over time and needing only a spark to set it off?
  • Perhaps a final straw that broke the camel’s back?
  • The accompanying PowerPoint offers some visual images to whet the Gifted and Talented pupils’ appetites so they can use their creative powers to produce a well-considered analogy of their own.
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