The Black Death (6th Grade Social Studies)

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This quiz, directed at children studying history in the sixth grade, is focused on arguably the greatest pandemic in history, The Black Plague – a disease spread from country to country by rats, which ultimately led to the deaths of close to 100 million people. What can you tell us about it?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When did the Black Plague begin in Europe?
  • 2. 
    How do modern historians believe the Black Plague was spread in Europe?
    • A. 

      God wanted to punish people.

    • B. 

      People and living conditions were dirty.

    • C. 

      Fleas living on rats, which came to Europe on trade ships.

    • D. 

      Armies attacking cities flung dead bodies infected with the disease over the walls.

  • 3. 
    Which group of people was mistakenly blamed for starting the Black Death?
    • A. 

      Soldiers in the Crimea

    • B. 

      Jews

    • C. 

      Peasants

  • 4. 
    Which of the following was NOT named by medieval people as a possible cause of the Black Death?
    • A. 

      A flea carrying the yersinia pestis bacteria.

    • B. 

      Mankind's sins had infuriated God.

    • C. 

      The alignment of the planets was causing disruption.

    • D. 

      Earthquakes had caused bad air to pervade the Earth, making people sick.

  • 5. 
    What is the estimate range of the percentage of Europe's population who died from the Black Death?
  • 6. 
    Identify and describe two economic effects of the Black Death. You must write at least two sentences about EACH effect you identify.  Think about what we have discussed about scarcify and the feudal system.
  • 7. 
    Identify and describe two social effects of the Black Death. You must write at least two sentences about EACH effect you identify.  Think about what we have discussed about the feudal system, the role of religion, and human rights.