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Unformatted text preview: For the quiz and the second midterm, you should be able to answer the following questions. Do not worry about the detail Palmer includes, but focus instead on the kind of Emperor Franz Joseph was, and what the challenges were he had to face during his 67-year rule. Here are some 'big picture' questions to help guide your reading. 1. What kind of a man was Franz Joseph? What were the skills he possessed (or learned) that helped him rule his Empire for 67 years? What were his limitations? Franz was brought up by his mother to be a future Emperor with emphasis on devotion, responsibility, and diligence. He came to idolize his grandfather who had died before his fifth birthday as the ideal monarch. At the age of 13 he became a colonel in the Austrian army and used the skills he learned there to help rule his empire. 2. Describe Franz Josephs family life, including the personality of his wife, Elizabeth (Sisi); what tragedies did he have to endure? Their married life was not happy. Sisi never really adapted herself to the court and always had disagreements with the Imperial Family; their first daughter Sophie died as an infant; and their only son,Crown Prince Rudolf, died, allegedly by suicide in 1889,...
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