Question 1: Royal Absolutism and French Ascendancy.

 Outline the history and features of France's Royal Absolutism under the Bourbons.  How would you characterize the achievements of Louis XIV?  Would you rate his reign a success or a failure?


Question 2: Global Competition.


 Sketch the development of European powers' competition in global exploration and colonization, over the course of the seventeenth century.


One paragraph for each question under question also list one reference