Unit 23: The Rise of Napoleon and the Napoleonic Empire

The Emperor Napoleon

Unit 23 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Reformation and Revolutions
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
English and American
A Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens

A Young NapoleonUnit Description

“The time was approaching when (as Burke prophesied) the government of France was to pass into a military despotism under a popular general, Napoleon Bonaparte. With amazing rapidity Bonaparte [rose] to the highest position in Europe…” – Samuel Bannister and Albert Bushnell Hart

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • History is HIS Story – God’s story of love, mercy, and redemption through Christ.
    • He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. — Ephesians 1‍:‍9-10
  • God’s providential hand governs and times all events and provides for His Creation according to His plan and purposes.
    • The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.- Acts 17: 24 – 27
  • Godly leadership and servanthood are necessary for one to be a true reforming influence.
    • Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many..- Matthew 20:26 – 28
  • God raises up and removes leaders.
    • He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning..- Daniel 2:21

Unit 23 Resources: High School

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Lesson 1: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions and vocabulary, then read the article: The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte, pages 4-10.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Define the vocabulary words in the context of the reading and put the word and its definition in the vocabulary section of your history notebook.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • To what qualities did Bonaparte owe his rapid advancement?
  • To what was due the success of his first Italian campaign?
  • Was the overthrow of the Directors justifiable? Why?
  • Was the government during the Consulate a republic or a monarchy?
  • Why did Napoleon assume the title of Emperor?
  • Show on a map the annexations of territory to France made between 1789 and 1802.
  • What qualities made Bonaparte a great ruler in peace?
  • Why were the Consulate and Empire accepted by such large popular majorities?
Lesson 2: History

Lesson Two Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions, then read the article: The Napoleonic Empire, pages 12-22.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Create a two columned chart and in one column list the acts for which Napoleon deserves praise, and in another column those acts for which he deserves censure.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson Two Discussion Questions:

  • Was Great Britain or France chiefly responsible for the renewal of war in 1803?
  • Do you think Napoleon could have conquered England if he had been able to land his armies there?
  • Why was the military strength of Prussia relatively less in 1806 than in the days of Frederick the Great?
  • Make a list of Napoleon’s vassal kingdoms and dependencies at the height of his power.
  • Was the reorganization of Germany a good or a bad thing for that land? Why?
  • How did Napoleon’s invasion of Russia contribute to his fall?
  • Were the terms granted to Napoleon in 1814 unduly harsh? 9. Was the Congress of Vienna justified in proclaiming him an outlaw upon his return from Elba?
  • Was Great Britain’s victory over Napoleon worth what it cost her?

Literature Assignments

  • Read the sample character analysis essay found in the Resources section of the Artios Home Companion website.
  • Read “Book the Third,” completing A Tale of Two Cities.
  • Using your outline from Unit 22, complete a rough draft of your essay.
  • Review your rough draft, then complete a final draft using the rubric in the Resources section of the site.

Unit 23 Extra Resources: High School