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Questions for Voltaire Essays 1. In the essay “On Commerce” Voltaire compares the British and the French. Who does he think is superior and why? Please provide two quotes to explain your answer. 1. Voltaire thinks of the British people as superior to the French noble. He refers to the British as businessmen. He states that the British mastered on commerce, enriching their citizen. Voltaire also gives examples on how commerce helped the British. “commerce created the navy that has made the English master of the seas” and be able to send three fleets to different parts of the world. While his perception of the French is as selfish and ignorant individuals. “[while French nobles] look down on businessmen, and French businessmen hear so much criticism of their profession they foolish enough to blush”. Another example of Voltaire comparison “ However, I’m not certain who is more useful to a country, a nobleman who knows when the King gets up or goes to bed and gives

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