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In the Renaissance era, there is a lot of paintings, sculptures and decorative history whose traces can be seen to date. This era saw a lot of powerful painters such as Michelangelo whose work can be seen to date. This Multiple-Choice quiz for Stow World History students designed to test their knowledge on renaissance art- Enter your last name and First initial before logging on for the quiz.


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  • 1. 

    Which of these is not a Renaissance artist, architect or writer?

    • A.

      Leonardo Da Vinci

    • B.

      Raphael

    • C.

      Lorenzo de Medici

    • D.

      Michelangelo

    • E.

      Donatello

    Correct Answer
    C. Lorenzo de Medici
    Explanation
    Lorenzo de Medici is not a Renaissance artist, architect, or writer. He was actually a prominent political figure and patron of the arts during the Renaissance period. He was known for his support of artists, writers, and architects, but he himself did not create any significant artistic or architectural works. Therefore, the correct answer is Lorenzo de Medici.

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  • 2. 

    In Niccolo Machiavelli's book The Prince, he states that a leader must

    • A.

      Stay sharp and focused on skills such as hunting to stay ready for war

    • B.

      Always be generous to his/her people regardless of the costs or benefits

    • C.

      Never be willing to accept honors from allies as a means of respect

    • D.

      Always prevent a bad reputation

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Stay sharp and focused on skills such as hunting to stay ready for war
    Explanation
    In Niccolo Machiavelli's book The Prince, he emphasizes the importance of a leader staying sharp and focused on skills such as hunting to stay ready for war. Machiavelli argues that a leader should constantly be prepared for any potential conflict and should develop the necessary skills to protect their state. This involves being vigilant, attentive, and skilled in the art of war. By staying sharp and focused, a leader can effectively defend their territory and maintain their power. This aligns with Machiavelli's overall philosophy of the pragmatic and strategic approach to leadership.

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  • 3. 

    The period where Europe's religious focus was divided by three popes was known as

    • A.

      The Great Awakening

    • B.

      The Grand Canyon

    • C.

      The Rio Grande

    • D.

      The Great Schism

    • E.

      Both A and D

    Correct Answer
    D. The Great Schism
    Explanation
    The period where Europe's religious focus was divided by three popes was known as The Great Schism. This was a significant event in the history of Christianity, occurring from 1378 to 1417, when there were competing popes in Rome, Avignon, and Pisa. This division led to a major split within the Catholic Church and caused confusion and conflict among the faithful. The Great Schism was eventually resolved through the Council of Constance in 1417, which elected a new pope and reunited the Church under a single authority.

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  • 4. 

    Henry IV of France and Elizabeth I of England were both known for their

    • A.

      Religious tolerance

    • B.

      Strict religious practices

    • C.

      Scientific achievements

    • D.

      Artistic abilities

    • E.

      Political weakness

    Correct Answer
    A. Religious tolerance
    Explanation
    Henry IV of France and Elizabeth I of England were both known for their religious tolerance. Both rulers implemented policies that allowed for greater religious freedom and acceptance of different faiths within their realms. Henry IV famously issued the Edict of Nantes in 1598, granting religious freedom to Protestants in France. Similarly, Elizabeth I pursued a policy of religious moderation and tolerance, seeking to maintain stability and unity in a country deeply divided by religious conflicts. Both leaders recognized the importance of religious tolerance in promoting social harmony and political stability, making it a defining characteristic of their reigns.

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  • 5. 

    Martin Luther of the Holy Roman Empire posted the __________________, starting the ________________________.

    • A.

      Bill of Rights; American Revolution

    • B.

      Zimmerman Note; World War I

    • C.

      Edict of Nantes; St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre

    • D.

      Declaration of the Rights of Man; French Revolution

    • E.

      95 Theses; Protestant Reformation

    Correct Answer
    E. 95 Theses; Protestant Reformation
    Explanation
    Martin Luther of the Holy Roman Empire posted the 95 Theses, starting the Protestant Reformation. This event occurred in the 16th century and marked a major turning point in European history. Luther's 95 Theses were a list of grievances against the Catholic Church, particularly its sale of indulgences. The posting of these theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, sparked widespread debate and criticism of the Church's practices. This ultimately led to the formation of new Protestant denominations and a significant religious and social upheaval across Europe.

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  • 6. 

    Which of these was NOT a religious influence on Europe during the Protestant Reformation?

    • A.

      Henry VIII

    • B.

      Niccolo Machiavelli

    • C.

      Martin Luther

    • D.

      Zwingli

    • E.

      John Calvin

    Correct Answer
    B. Niccolo Machiavelli
    Explanation
    Niccolo Machiavelli was not a religious influence on Europe during the Protestant Reformation. Machiavelli was an Italian political philosopher and writer known for his book "The Prince," which focused on political power and governance rather than religious matters. In contrast, Henry VIII, Martin Luther, Zwingli, and John Calvin were all key figures in the religious movements that shaped the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

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  • 7. 

    Much of the artwork and sculpting during the Renaissance was focused on

    • A.

      Politics

    • B.

      Economics

    • C.

      Religion

    • D.

      Society

    • E.

      Science

    Correct Answer
    C. Religion
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance, religion played a central role in society, and this is reflected in the artwork and sculpting of the time. The Catholic Church was a powerful institution, and many artists received commissions from the Church to create religious-themed works. These artworks often depicted biblical scenes, saints, and religious figures. The religious themes in Renaissance art were not only a reflection of the dominant beliefs and values of the time but also served as a means to educate and inspire the viewers. Therefore, the focus on religion is a plausible explanation for why much of the artwork and sculpting during the Renaissance was centered around this theme.

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  • 8. 

    Much of the Renaissance art and education was funded and supported in _____________________, ruled by ________________________.

    • A.

      Rome; The Pope

    • B.

      Florence; Lorenzo de Medici

    • C.

      London; Bloody Mary

    • D.

      The Holy Roman Empire; the emperor

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Florence; Lorenzo de Medici
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance period, Florence was a major center of art and education. It was known for its patronage of artists and scholars, and Lorenzo de Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, was one of the most important patrons of the arts during this time. He was a wealthy and influential ruler of Florence, who supported and funded many artists, including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Under his rule, Florence became a hub of artistic and intellectual activity, making it the correct answer for the question.

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  • 9. 

    What is one effect of economic change during the Renaissance?

    • A.

      The pope was more concerned with power than the people

    • B.

      Better and more frequent use of waterway led to exploration of new lands such as the Americas and greater trade

    • C.

      Henry IV supported the Edict of Nantes which guaranteed religious tolerance in France

    • D.

      Gallileo develops the law of falling bodies

    • E.

      Vesalius draws the "De humani corporis fabrica"

    Correct Answer
    B. Better and more frequent use of waterway led to exploration of new lands such as the Americas and greater trade
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance, one effect of economic change was the better and more frequent use of waterways, which led to the exploration of new lands such as the Americas and greater trade. This economic shift allowed for the expansion of trade routes and the discovery of new territories, which in turn brought about increased commerce and wealth. The utilization of waterways as a means of transportation played a crucial role in facilitating these explorations and trade networks, ultimately contributing to the economic growth and development of the Renaissance period.

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