Medieval Times

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  • 1. 

    Period of European history between ancient and modern times is called what?

    • A.

      Light Ages

    • B.

      Dark Ages

    • C.

      Middle Ages (Medieval times)

    • D.

      Crazy Ages

    Correct Answer
    C. Middle Ages (Medieval times)
    Explanation
    The period of European history between ancient and modern times is commonly referred to as the Middle Ages or Medieval times. This era is characterized by the decline of the Roman Empire, the rise of feudalism, and the dominance of the Catholic Church. It was a time of significant social, political, and cultural changes, including the development of chivalry, the Crusades, and the emergence of Gothic architecture. The term "Middle Ages" is widely used to describe this period due to its intermediate position between the classical civilizations of ancient times and the Renaissance of the modern era.

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  • 2. 

    The middle ages began after the collapse of the what?

    • A.

      Old building

    • B.

      Roman Empire

    • C.

      A house of cards

    • D.

      Napoleon Bonaparte

    Correct Answer
    B. Roman Empire
    Explanation
    The middle ages began after the collapse of the Roman Empire. This event marked the end of the ancient period and the beginning of a new era in European history. The fall of the Roman Empire led to significant political, social, and cultural changes, including the rise of feudalism and the emergence of new kingdoms and empires. The middle ages is characterized by a decentralized political system, the dominance of the Catholic Church, and a focus on agriculture and rural life.

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  • 3. 

    The Roman Empire got too big so they split the empire into two parts.  What were these two groups named?

    • A.

      Western and Eastern Empires

    • B.

      Black and White Empires

    • C.

      France and England

    • D.

      Water and Land Empires

    Correct Answer
    A. Western and Eastern Empires
    Explanation
    The Roman Empire became too large and difficult to govern efficiently, so it was divided into two parts: the Western Empire and the Eastern Empire. This division was done to better manage the vast territories and ensure effective governance. The Western Empire encompassed regions such as Italy, Gaul, and Spain, while the Eastern Empire included territories like Greece, Egypt, and Anatolia. This division eventually led to the decline and fall of the Western Empire, while the Eastern Empire, also known as the Byzantine Empire, continued to thrive for several more centuries.

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  • 4. 

    True or False.  The Western Emperor was based in Rome and ruled Italy, France, Spain, England and other western lands. The Eastern Emperor was based in Constantinople (now called Istanbul) and ruled Greece, Turkey, The Balken Penninsula and the Middle East (aka Byzantine Empire).

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During the time of the Roman Empire, the Western Emperor was indeed based in Rome and had control over various western lands including Italy, France, Spain, England, and others. On the other hand, the Eastern Emperor was based in Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) and ruled over regions such as Greece, Turkey, the Balkan Peninsula, and the Middle East, which was commonly referred to as the Byzantine Empire.

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  • 5. 

    Foreigners were called what?

    • A.

      Outsiders

    • B.

      Barbarians

    • C.

      Infidels

    • D.

      Traitors

    Correct Answer
    B. Barbarians
    Explanation
    The term "barbarians" was used historically to refer to foreigners or people from different cultures who were seen as uncivilized or uncultured by those who considered themselves more advanced or superior. This term was often used to label and marginalize people who were perceived as different or unfamiliar.

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  • 6. 

    There were many barbarian groups including The Huns, Visigoths and the Vandals.  The Angels took over Brittan and spoke Anglo and the Saxons invaded Brittan as well and spoke Saxony.  From the formation of these two groups the oldest English language was established called what?

    • A.

      French

    • B.

      Spanish

    • C.

      Old English

    • D.

      Slang

    Correct Answer
    C. Old English
    Explanation
    The question asks about the oldest English language that was established from the formation of the groups mentioned. The information provided states that the Angels and the Saxons invaded Britain and spoke their respective languages. Therefore, the correct answer is Old English, as it was the language that developed from the merging of these two groups' languages.

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  • 7. 

    During this period of time and the rise of the Christian church, early Christians called barbarians and non christians what?

    • A.

      Heathens

    • B.

      Friends

    • C.

      Allies

    • D.

      Funny

    Correct Answer
    A. Heathens
    Explanation
    During the time when the Christian church was growing, early Christians referred to barbarians and non-Christians as "heathens." This term was used to describe those who did not follow the Christian faith and were seen as outsiders or non-believers. The term "heathens" was commonly used to emphasize the perceived lack of morality or religious beliefs in these individuals, according to the early Christian perspective.

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  • 8. 

    Conflicts developed between the Eastern and Western Church.  The Eastern Church was Orthodox and spoke Greek.  The Western Church spoke Latin, got very rich and wsa called what religion?

    • A.

      Lutheran

    • B.

      Catholic

    • C.

      Jewish

    • D.

      Poor

    Correct Answer
    B. Catholic
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Catholic because the Western Church, which spoke Latin and became wealthy, is commonly referred to as the Catholic Church. The conflicts that developed between the Eastern and Western Church were part of the larger schism that eventually led to the split between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

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  • 9. 

    True of False.  Monks and nuns were the worst educated of all the people.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    They were highly educated and were also responsible for the detailed history we have from this period.

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  • 10. 

    The average lifespan during the middle ages was what?

    • A.

      35

    • B.

      100

    • C.

      10

    Correct Answer
    A. 35
    Explanation
    Lots of children died in infancy during this period of time.

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  • 11. 

    True or False.  During the Middle Ages, Europe was attached frequently by Vikings or Norsemen who were powerful men who could command large fighting forces and were the only protection.  These Vikings also became kings.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During the Middle Ages, Europe was indeed frequently attacked by Vikings or Norsemen. These Viking warriors were known for their strength and ability to command large fighting forces, making them a formidable threat. They would often raid coastal areas and even venture inland, causing widespread destruction and terror. In some cases, these Viking leaders were able to establish themselves as kings, ruling over the territories they had conquered. Therefore, the statement that Vikings frequently attacked Europe and also became kings is true.

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  • 12. 

    Kings owned land and granted parces of land to Nobles, also called Vassals.  Vassals in return pleged military service to their Kings.  These Vassals also made arrangements with lesser Vassals, this made the strong Vassals Lords.  This sytem was called what?

    • A.

      Feudalism

    • B.

      Castles

    • C.

      Nobles

    • D.

      Kings

    Correct Answer
    A. Feudalism
    Explanation
    Feudalism is the correct answer because it accurately describes the system in which kings owned land and granted parcels of land to nobles, who in turn pledged military service to their kings. The nobles then made arrangements with lesser vassals, creating a hierarchical structure where the more powerful vassals became lords. This system, known as feudalism, was prevalent during the Middle Ages in Europe.

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  • 13. 

    True or False.  Tennis, croquet and bowling were all sports from the middle ages.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Tennis, croquet, and bowling were indeed sports from the middle ages. These sports have a long history and were played during the medieval period. Tennis, known as "real tennis" in the middle ages, was played by the nobility. Croquet, although not exactly the same as the modern version, was played as a lawn game in medieval times. Bowling, in various forms, has been played for centuries and was also popular during the middle ages. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 14. 

    The Medieval Church was Roman Catholic and the churches power and wealth was equal to that of what?

    • A.

      Peasants

    • B.

      Warriors

    • C.

      Kings and Emperors

    • D.

      Servants

    Correct Answer
    C. Kings and Emperors
    Explanation
    During the medieval period, the Roman Catholic Church held immense power and wealth. It was considered equal to that of kings and emperors. The Church had significant influence over the political, social, and economic aspects of society. It controlled vast amounts of land, collected tithes from the people, and had the authority to appoint and remove rulers. The Church's power and wealth allowed it to exert control over both the spiritual and temporal realms, making it a dominant force alongside kings and emperors.

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  • 15. 

    Who gave up all his wealth to server God?

    • A.

      Don Quiote

    • B.

      King Charles

    • C.

      St. Francis

    • D.

      Robin Hood

    Correct Answer
    C. St. Francis
    Explanation
    St. Francis is known for his devotion to serving God and his renunciation of worldly possessions. He famously gave up all his wealth and embraced a life of poverty and simplicity in order to dedicate himself fully to his faith. St. Francis is often revered as a saint and a symbol of selflessness and devotion to God.

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  • 16. 

    When the King of Anglo-Saxon (now England) died with no heir they appointed Harold Goodwinson to be King.  But over the river in France sat a person who wanted that position.  his name was?

    • A.

      Joan of Arc

    • B.

      Pope John

    • C.

      William the Conueror

    • D.

      Queen Elizabeth

    Correct Answer
    C. William the Conueror
    Explanation
    When the King of Anglo-Saxon died with no heir, the Anglo-Saxons appointed Harold Goodwinson to be King. However, William the Conqueror, who was in France, also desired the position of King. Therefore, William the Conqueror is the correct answer.

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  • 17. 

    True or False? William the Conqueror fought the Battle of Hastings in 1066 for which then King Harold was killed.  Subsequently William was then crowned King William I.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    William also created the Domesday Book which was basically the first census which kept track of who owned what land so he could collect taxes.

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  • 18. 

    After William there were many kings, and one of the most notible was who?

    • A.

      Mark

    • B.

      Luke

    • C.

      Mary

    • D.

      Henry II

    Correct Answer
    D. Henry II
    Explanation
    He was also responsible for creating the court system that works for us today including jury trial, appeals and higher courts. He also established that the king was the supreme leader and over all feudal lords of England.

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  • 19. 

    What was created to limit the kings power?  Hint - Remember we are talking about European history, not US history.

    • A.

      Constitution

    • B.

      Magna Carta

    • C.

      Shay's Rebellion

    • D.

      Bill of Rights

    Correct Answer
    B. Magna Carta
    Explanation
    The Magna Carta was created to limit the king's power in European history. It was a document signed by King John of England in 1215, which established certain rights and liberties for the nobles and limited the monarch's authority. The Magna Carta is considered a foundational document in the development of constitutional law and individual rights, as it established the principle that the king was not above the law and that the rights of the people should be protected.

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  • 20. 

    In 1453 the Hundred Years' War ended when Turkish invaders captured Constantinople, marking the end of the Byzantine or Eastern Roman Empire.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement conflates two historical events that occurred around the same period but are unrelated. The Hundred Years' War was a series of conflicts waged from 1337 to 1453 between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France over claims to the French throne. This war concluded with the French recapturing Bordeaux in 1453, effectively ending English territorial ambitions in France. The fall of Constantinople did occur in 1453, but it was unrelated to the Hundred Years' War. The city was captured by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II on May 29, 1453. This event marked the end of the Byzantine Empire, also known as the Eastern Roman Empire, and had significant implications for the spread of the Ottoman Empire but did not involve the Hundred Years' War.

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