Middle Ages/ballad Test

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Middle Ages Quizzes & Trivia

A quiz to assess knowledge and appication of ballad form and the historical context of the Middle Ages to the works we are studying.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Middle Ages are also known as :
    • A. 

      The futile ages

    • B. 

      The feudal age

    • C. 

      The Age of Reason

  • 2. 
    After William the Conqueror triumphed at the Battle of Hastings, England changed because of its 
    • A. 

      Defeat of the Germanic tribes

    • B. 

      Adoption of the Norman feudal system

    • C. 

      Emergence as the leading European political power

    • D. 

      Acceptance of Anglo-Saxon culture

  • 3. 
    Feudalism’The Middle Ages' concept of hierarchy featured 
    • A. 

      A caste system of lords, vassals, and serfs

    • B. 

      Classes in Latin for young knights

    • C. 

      Endless international warfare

    • D. 

      Romantic attitudes toward women

  • 4. 
    I                 In the Middle Ages, women of rank 
    • A. 

      Had political rights concerning domestic affairs

    • B. 

      Were never allowed to manage their husbands’ estates

    • C. 

      Held the same social status as their husbands or fathers

    • D. 

      Improved their social positions through peaceful protest

  • 5. 
    The growth of cities in the Middle Ages led to all of the following events except the 
    • A. 

      Rise of courtly love and a system of chivalry

    • B. 

      Development of lower, middle, and upper-middle classes

    • C. 

      Rise of “people’s art” such as the ballad and the mystery play

    • D. 

      Eventual collapse of the European feudal system

  • 6. 
    The Crusades influenced everyday life in England by
    • A. 

      Causing writers to publish in many different languages

    • B. 

      Exposing the English to other civilizations

    • C. 

      Recapturing Jerusalem for Christianity

    • D. 

      Inspiring the authors of the Magna Carta

  • 7. 
    The 1170 martyrdom of Thomas à Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, led to 
    • A. 

      Hardships for the common people of England

    • B. 

      The establishment of a new religion

    • C. 

      Changes within the Church of England

    • D. 

      Greater power in England for the Church of Rome

  • 8. 
    The most positive effect of the medieval church was —
    • A. 

      The creation of a refuge for landless serfs

    • B. 

      A rebellion against the monarchy

    • C. 

      The use of Latin for everyday business

    • D. 

      The fostering of beliefs and symbols that unified the people

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      Alliance of the English barons with the Pope

    • B. 

      King’s heightened power over the people

    • C. 

      Aristocrats’ interest in the rights of commoners

    • D. 

      Renewal of older, democratic ideals

  • 10. 
    As a result of the Hundred Years’ War between England and France, 
    • A. 

      England lost most of its population to disease and warfare

    • B. 

      The English aristocracy disappeared as a political force

    • C. 

      The yeoman class became the backbone of England

    • D. 

      France gave part of Normandy to England

  • 11. 
    The Black Death ultimately resulted in —
    • A. 

      Increased awareness of proper sanitation

    • B. 

      Freedom for the serfs and greater power for the lower classes

    • C. 

      Victory for the Lancasters over the Tudors

    • D. 

      The reemergence of Anglo-Saxon religion

  • 12. 
    “Lord Randall” contains all the following elements except —
    • A. 

      Domestic tragedy

    • B. 

      Murder

    • C. 

      Return of the hero from seafaring

    • D. 

      Dialogue between mother and son

  • 13. 
    Where has Lord Randall been?
    • A. 

      At war against the Normans

    • B. 

      Across the ocean, chasing the Norse

    • C. 

      On a crusade with his brothers

    • D. 

      Hunting and having dinner with his love

  • 14. 
    Who killed Lord Randall?
    • A. 

      His girlfriend

    • B. 

      A rival for his girlfriend’s love

    • C. 

      His girlfriend’s father

    • D. 

      The killer’s identity is not known

  • 15. 
    What was The motive, or reason, for the murder?
    • A. 

      Lord Randall’s girlfriend had been betrayed by him.

    • B. 

      A jealous rival wanted the young lady for himself.

    • C. 

      The young lady’s father wanted her to marry a richer nobleman.

    • D. 

      No motive is given in the ballad.

  • 16. 
    “Get Up and Bar the Door” —
    • A. 

      Illustrates the rituals of courtly love

    • B. 

      Shows the importance of holiday puddings in the Middle Ages

    • C. 

      Pokes fun at the crazy argument of a husband and wife

    • D. 

      Condemns bandits who prey on simple folk

  • 17. 
                      Intruders into the couple’s house are two —
    • A. 

      Kings

    • B. 

      Two gentlemen

    • C. 

      Escaped convicts

    • D. 

      Serfs from the neighboring manor

  • 18. 
    Thehttp://T      The two intruders have come because —
    • A. 

      They have a long-standing feud with the couple

    • B. 

      The couple are known far and wide for their hospitality

    • C. 

      They are at war and need to take over the house

    • D. 

      They are traveling and need a place to stay for the night

  • 19. 
    What word best describes the two intruders’ behavior toward the couple?
    • A. 

      Friendly

    • B. 

      Loyal

    • C. 

      Honest

    • D. 

      Threatening

  • 20. 
    All of the following elements are typical characteristics of ballads except 
    • A. 

      Sensational or supernatural events

    • B. 

      Tragic subject matter

    • C. 

      Omission of details

    • D. 

      Usage of many metaphors

  • 21. 
    What is a refrain?
    • A. 

      Another word for a ballad

    • B. 

      A repeated word, line, or group of lines

    • C. 

      A character’s action or lack of action

    • D. 

      The standard meter for English ballads

  • 22. 
    “Lord Randall” is an example of a ballad whose structure is 
    • A. 

      A question-and-answer conversation

    • B. 

      A description of a murder

    • C. 

      A series of events narrated in chronological order

    • D. 

      Built of large numbers of small details

  • 23. 
    How is “Get Up and Bar the Door” not a typical ballad?
    • A. 

      It is comic.

    • B. 

      The characters are not superhuman.

    • C. 

      It is set in England.

    • D. 

      Characters’ motives are not spelled out.