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Which among the following social classes led the most luxurious life in France?


A
The First Estate
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B
The Second Estate
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C
The Third Estate
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D
The First and Second Estate
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Solution

The correct option is D The First and Second Estate
Pre-revolution France was divided into three estates based on social and political status. The first estate consisted of the clergy who had authority over people in the administration and military services. They earned a lot from 'tithes'. The second estate consisted of the nobility who provided the king with military services. They also had vast amounts of lands and were exempted from paying taxes. The third estate consisted of the middle class, like traders, writers, lawyers, teachers, farmers, and craftsmen. They spent their lives paying taxes to the government, clergy, and nobles. Their lives were dictated by the rich.

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