The Renaissance Test

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  • 1. 
    One book, "Utopia" was about how all mankind should be treated equally and how everyone should work together to achieve happiness. It was written by which person?
    • A. 

      Johannes Gutenberg

    • B. 

      Johann Strauss

    • C. 

      Sir Thomas More

    • D. 

      William Shakespeare

    • E. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

  • 2. 
    What does the term "secular" mean?
    • A. 

      It was a very religious person.

    • B. 

      It refers to non-religious ideas.

    • C. 

      It refers to a type of art during the Renaissance.

    • D. 

      It means to make secure or permanent.

    • E. 

      It means to go around something.

  • 3. 
    Which artist painted a famous scene of Jesus Christ eating with his twelve original followers at the Last Supper?
    • A. 

      Boccacio

    • B. 

      Maro Polo

    • C. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

    • D. 

      Genghis Khan

    • E. 

      Michelangelo

  • 4. 
    The result of growth in towns and cities in northern Italy brought a growth of independent ______________________  where Renaissance thinking grew.
    • A. 

      Farmland

    • B. 

      Armies

    • C. 

      Religious communities

    • D. 

      Monasteries

    • E. 

      City-states

  • 5. 
    He is quite possibly the greatest playwright in history; he was also a poet; he wrote "Romeo & Juliet," "Hamlet," and many others. Who is he?
    • A. 

      Machiavelli

    • B. 

      William Shakespeare

    • C. 

      Martin Luther

    • D. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

    • E. 

      Johannes Gutenberg

  • 6. 
    What does the term "Renaissance" mean literally?
    • A. 

      The individual has power

    • B. 

      The rebirth or revival of the classics

    • C. 

      The time of mankinds' performance

    • D. 

      To correct one's mistakes

    • E. 

      Religious piety for all mankind

  • 7. 
    He was the author of "The Prince," a story about a ruler who rules by whatever means necessary to get the desired results.
    • A. 

      Michelangelo

    • B. 

      Sir Thomas More

    • C. 

      Boccacio

    • D. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

    • E. 

      Machiavelli

  • 8. 
    This term refers to the wealthy and influential Renaissance people who supported the arts.
    • A. 

      Protestants

    • B. 

      Patrons

    • C. 

      Princes

    • D. 

      Machiavellians

  • 9. 
    Which of the following answers is a primary reason that ideas of the Renaissance spread so rapidly?
    • A. 

      A common monetary system

    • B. 

      Moveable type printing presses

    • C. 

      A common language and common religion

    • D. 

      Better public health

    • E. 

      The fall of the Roman Empire

  • 10. 
    Art during the Renaissance depicts people and objects as they really are. What is this style of art called?
    • A. 

      Realism

    • B. 

      Art deco

    • C. 

      Perspective

    • D. 

      Individualism

    • E. 

      Impressionism

  • 11. 
    Because this Renaissance individual was an engineer, architect, poet, scientist, inventor, and artist, he is thought to represent the ideal Renaissance Man. Who is he?
    • A. 

      Michelangelo

    • B. 

      Raphael

    • C. 

      Thomas More

    • D. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

    • E. 

      Donatello

  • 12. 
    As the feudal system came to an end in Italy, power tended to shift away from which group and toward which group?
    • A. 

      Away from feudal lords to patrician families in city-states

    • B. 

      Away from nobles to the peasant farmers

    • C. 

      Away from nobles and royalty to the church

    • D. 

      Away from the church to the feudal lords

    • E. 

      Away from Christians to Muslims and Jews

  • 13. 
    Which wealthy Florence family basically ran that city and helped inspire countless artists, scientists, inventors, and writers?
    • A. 

      Romanoff family

    • B. 

      Porsche family

    • C. 

      Bugatti family

    • D. 

      Medici family

    • E. 

      Machiavelli family

  • 14. 
    What type of art is created while painting on wet plaster?
    • A. 

      A fresco, like the Sistine Chapel ceiling

    • B. 

      A tapestry, like The Unicorn Defends Itself

    • C. 

      A painting, like the Mona Lisa

    • D. 

      A sculpture, like David

    • E. 

      A mosaic

  • 15. 
    Choose which artist created some of the world's most famous sculptures: the Pieta, the David, and the Moses.
    • A. 

      Michelangelo

    • B. 

      Machiavelli

    • C. 

      Johannes Gutenberg

    • D. 

      William Shakespeare

    • E. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

  • 16. 
    Where does the Renaissance start?
    • A. 

      Spain

    • B. 

      Americas

    • C. 

      Italy

    • D. 

      Germany

    • E. 

      England

  • 17. 
    Which artist painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling?
    • A. 

      Machiavelli

    • B. 

      Johannes Gutenberg

    • C. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

    • D. 

      Michelangelo

    • E. 

      William Shakespeare

  • 18. 
    Although more than just an artist, he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper.
    • A. 

      Thomas More

    • B. 

      Machiavelli

    • C. 

      Michelangelo

    • D. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

    • E. 

      William Shakespeare

  • 19. 
    Who was the first European to successfully invent movable type print?
    • A. 

      Johannes Gutenberg

    • B. 

      Machiavelli

    • C. 

      William Shakespeare

    • D. 

      Leonardo da Vinci

    • E. 

      Jessica Myer

  • 20. 
    The Reformation of the 16th century refers to
    • A. 

      The improvements in living standards for the poor.

    • B. 

      The Protestants' separation from the Catholic Church.

    • C. 

      The reorganization of the legal system in central Europe.

    • D. 

      The overthrow of King Henry VIII.

    • E. 

      The new style of architecture that emerged during the Renaissance.

  • 21. 
    The use of linear perspective, the invention of oil paints, and the study of the human body were all ways that the Renaissance helped advance
    • A. 

      Religion

    • B. 

      Science

    • C. 

      Art

    • D. 

      Philosophy

    • E. 

      Social studies

  • 22. 
    Which of these statements reflects an influence of the Renaissance?
    • A. 

      Dominance of the church

    • B. 

      Increased interest in the arts

    • C. 

      Lack of any governance

    • D. 

      Constant feudal warfare

  • 23. 
    "All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."----Galileo.  This quotation best demonstrates
    • A. 

      The move towards scientific thought during the Renaissance.

    • B. 

      The lack of philosophical thought during the Renaissance.

    • C. 

      The discouragement of individualism during the Renaissance.

    • D. 

      The importance of being a good citizen during the Renaissance.

  • 24. 
    Which of these was a dramatic result of Renaissance influence?
    • A. 

      Lack of formal education

    • B. 

      Scientific advancement

    • C. 

      The spice trade

    • D. 

      Barter economics

  • 25. 
    Which of these changes occurred during the Renaissance?
    • A. 

      Factories began using electricity.

    • B. 

      The church's power declined.

    • C. 

      Women gained equal rights with men.

    • D. 

      The Church was all-powerful.

  • 26. 
    Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Brahe were all famous Renaissance
    • A. 

      Priests

    • B. 

      Scientists

    • C. 

      Artists

    • D. 

      Philosophers

  • 27. 
    Which of these statements describes a change brought about by the Renaissance?
    • A. 

      Society was focused on warfare.

    • B. 

      Society was dominated by the Church.

    • C. 

      Society was dominated by lords.

    • D. 

      Society began to value individualism.

  • 28. 
    Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian were all famous Renaissance
    • A. 

      Priests

    • B. 

      Scientists

    • C. 

      Artists

    • D. 

      Philosophers

  • 29. 
    Gunpowder, the printing press, the telescope, and the compass were all results of what in the Renaissance?
    • A. 

      An increased interest in the arts

    • B. 

      A shift from science to religion

    • C. 

      The move toward using money

    • D. 

      An increase in scientific inquiry

  • 30. 
    Which of these is a defining element of the Renaissance?
    • A. 

      The return to ancient Greek and Roman thought

    • B. 

      The dominance of Feudalism

    • C. 

      The return to the Dark Ages

    • D. 

      The dominance of the Church

  • 31. 
    Which of these events influenced the changing role of religion during the Renaissance?
    • A. 

      The burning of Bibles

    • B. 

      The invention of movable type

    • C. 

      The removal of the pope

    • D. 

      The Humanist movement

  • 32. 
    Painters in the Renaissance made major achievements in art. How is Renaissance painting different from paintings during the Middle Ages?
    • A. 

      Renaissance paintings have no scenery.

    • B. 

      Renaissance paintings show little religious material.

    • C. 

      Renaissance paintings are more flat-looking.

    • D. 

      Renaissance paintings are more life-like.

  • 33. 
    Which city is often called the birthplace of the Renaissance?
    • A. 

      Rome

    • B. 

      Venice

    • C. 

      Florence

    • D. 

      Milan

    • E. 

      Genoa

  • 34. 
    The Reformation spread rapidly throughout Europe in large part because of
    • A. 

      Improved hygiene and greater access to healthcare for the poor.

    • B. 

      The support of the pope as head of the Catholic Church.

    • C. 

      A vast road system criss-crossing Europe, which linked urban areas.

    • D. 

      The invention of the printing press and improvements in literacy.

  • 35. 
    The Reformation began with the posting of the 95 Theses by which of these people?
    • A. 

      Henry VIII

    • B. 

      Martin Luther

    • C. 

      Erasmus

    • D. 

      Sir Thomas More

  • 36. 
    The 95 Theses challenged the authority of 
    • A. 

      Italian families ruling city-states

    • B. 

      German landowners and merchants

    • C. 

      Scholars and scientists

    • D. 

      The pope and the Catholic Church