Middle Ages And Renaissance Background Quiz

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For rcm History II exam from Ashby Musical Enterprises


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following represents the historically correct order of the 4 eras we will study in this course?

    • A.

      Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century

    • B.

      Romanesque, Middle Ages, Baroque, Classical

    • C.

      Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical

    • D.

      Renaissance, Middle Ages, Baroque, Classical

    Correct Answer
    C. Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical. This represents the historically correct order of the 4 eras we will study in this course. The Middle Ages came before the Renaissance, which was followed by the Baroque era, and finally the Classical era.

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  • 2. 

    In this course, we will travel through the allotted time period twice, once for vocal music, once for instrumental music.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement suggests that in the course, there will be a separate focus on vocal music and instrumental music, with each time period being explored twice. This implies that students will have the opportunity to study and learn about both types of music in depth.

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  • 3. 

    Why were the middle ages considered the "Dark Ages"? (be brief)

  • 4. 

    Where was culture (music, art, education) primarily shaped in the early middle ages?

    • A.

      By the pope

    • B.

      Within monastaries

    • C.

      By kings

    • D.

      By knights

    Correct Answer
    B. Within monastaries
    Explanation
    In the early middle ages, culture, including music, art, and education, was primarily shaped within monasteries. Monasteries were centers of learning and preservation of knowledge during this time period. Monks dedicated their lives to study, copying manuscripts, and creating beautiful works of art. They also played a crucial role in the development of music, both through the composition of sacred music and the preservation of ancient musical traditions. Monasteries served as important educational institutions, where monks taught both religious and secular subjects to the wider community. Therefore, the correct answer is "Within monasteries."

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following best represents the time period of the Middle Ages?

    • A.

      476-1453

    • B.

      500-1066

    • C.

      1066-1600

    • D.

      1453-1600

    Correct Answer
    A. 476-1453
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 476-1453. This time period is commonly known as the Middle Ages or Medieval period. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 and ended with the start of the Renaissance in the 15th century. This era was characterized by feudalism, the dominance of the Catholic Church, and a decline in centralized political power. It also saw significant cultural, social, and economic changes, including the rise of feudal kingdoms, the spread of Christianity, and the development of Gothic architecture.

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  • 6. 

    Briefly (!) describe what was "reborn" in the Renaissance.

  • 7. 

    The Renaissance was more secular than religious.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance period, there was a shift in focus from religious matters to humanism and the exploration of human potential. This led to a greater emphasis on secular ideas, such as the study of science, art, literature, and philosophy, rather than solely focusing on religious teachings. This can be seen in the works of Renaissance artists and thinkers, who explored themes of humanism, individualism, and the natural world. Therefore, the statement that the Renaissance was more secular than religious is true.

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  • 8. 

    What invention paved the way for revival of ancient writings?

    Correct Answer
    printing press
    Explanation
    The invention of the printing press revolutionized the way information was disseminated and paved the way for the revival of ancient writings. Before the printing press, books were painstakingly handwritten, making them expensive and rare. With the printing press, books could be mass-produced quickly and at a lower cost, making them more accessible to a wider audience. This accessibility allowed for the revival and preservation of ancient writings that may have been lost or forgotten over time. The printing press played a crucial role in the dissemination of knowledge and the preservation of cultural heritage.

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  • 9. 

    Renaissance art was based on the principle of...

    • A.

      Colour

    • B.

      Impressionism

    • C.

      Realism

    • D.

      Symbolism

    Correct Answer
    D. Symbolism
    Explanation
    Renaissance art was based on the principle of symbolism. During this period, artists aimed to convey deeper meanings and messages through their artwork. Symbolism allowed artists to use various objects, figures, and colors to represent abstract ideas, emotions, or religious themes. This approach was influenced by the humanist philosophy of the time, which emphasized the importance of individual interpretation and intellectual exploration. By incorporating symbolism in their art, Renaissance artists sought to engage viewers intellectually and evoke a range of emotions and thoughts.

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  • 10. 

    The construction of cathedrals and the building of universities took place in...

    • A.

      The early Middle Ages

    • B.

      The late Middle Ages

    • C.

      The early Renaissance

    • D.

      The late Renaissance

    Correct Answer
    B. The late Middle Ages
    Explanation
    During the late Middle Ages, there was a significant development in architecture and education. Cathedrals were constructed during this time, showcasing the Gothic architectural style with its pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and large stained glass windows. Universities also began to emerge during the late Middle Ages, with the University of Bologna being founded in 1088 and the University of Paris in 1150. These institutions played a crucial role in the intellectual and cultural advancements of the time. Therefore, the construction of cathedrals and the building of universities took place in the late Middle Ages.

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