Short biography on Charles de Montesquieu, focusing on his book (Spirit of the Laws) and his influence on American government. Montesquieu claimed that government should be divided into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. These branches should be granted separate powers and, rather importantly, should be given the authority to oversee the other branches.
Included are a series of questions based on the biography.
This biography, combined with others on Niccolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke, is an excellent resource for comparing different theories of government.
You might also consider a bundled unit I have uploaded. This unit includes a PowerPoint and graphic organizer, biographies on the philosophers discussed (with the exception of Jean-Jacques Rousseau), and two types of assessments. Simply visit my store and search for "Mini Unit: Theories of Government."
Biography: Charles de Montesquieu by Brian Hook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.