A. This constitution reflected conservative republicanism or a desire for a stability that did not sacrifice the ideals of 1789. It established a national legislative assembly consisting of two chambers: a lower house, known as the Council of 500, whose function was to initiate legislation, and an upper house of 250 members, the Council of Elders, composed of married or widowed members over age forty, which accepted or rejected the proposed laws.
B. Because the members were elected, this furthered the idea of republicanism and getting rid of a monarch. It also helped avoid the dangers of another single legislative assembly. It also produced disturbances in Paris and an insurrection at the beginning of October. It was the last time in the French Revolution that Paris would attempt to impose its wishes on the central government.