Superstitions And Beliefs Of The Black Death

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A quiz about superstitions and beliefs on the black death.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What was first believed to be the cause of the Black death?(Multiple answers can be chosen)

    • A.

      Bad air

    • B.

      Bacteria

    • C.

      God sent it

    • D.

      Other religions

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Bad air
    C. God sent it
    D. Other religions
    Explanation
    During the time of the Black Death, people initially believed that bad air, also known as miasma, was the cause of the disease. This theory was based on the prevailing belief in the miasma theory of disease, which suggested that foul-smelling air or noxious vapors were responsible for spreading illnesses. Additionally, many people attributed the outbreak of the Black Death to divine punishment, believing that God had sent the disease as a form of punishment for human sins. Some also blamed other religions or religious groups, fueling prejudice and persecution during this time.

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  • 2. 

    The Greeks believed that there were five body fluids which had to be in balance.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Greeks believed in the concept of humors, which stated that there were four body fluids (blood, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile) that needed to be in balance for good health. This belief system was popular during the time of Hippocrates and Galen, but it is not accurate to say that the Greeks believed in five body fluids. Therefore, the answer is false.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following was a popular way to cure the black death

    • A.

      Drinking urine

    • B.

      Putting herbs in your hair

    • C.

      Hitting yourself

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Hitting yourself
    Explanation
    During the time of the black death, hitting oneself was believed to be a popular way to cure the disease. This practice was based on the belief that by inflicting pain on oneself, the body would be distracted from the symptoms of the black death and focus on the pain instead. It was thought that this would help the body fight off the disease. However, it is important to note that this method had no scientific basis and was not effective in curing the black death.

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  • 4. 

    If you wore a _______ _____ you would be cured.(something magical)

    Correct Answer
    magical charm
    magic charm
    Explanation
    Wearing a magical or magic charm would result in a cure. The charm possesses supernatural or mystical powers that have the ability to heal or bring about a positive change. By wearing the charm, one would be able to harness its magical properties and experience the desired outcome of being cured.

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  • 5. 

    Which shape was the word "Abracadabra" arranged in so that you could be cured?

    • A.

      Christian Cross

    • B.

      Circle

    • C.

      Square

    • D.

      Triangle

    • E.

      Hexagon

    Correct Answer
    D. Triangle
    Explanation
    The word "Abracadabra" is often associated with magic and illusions. In this context, the triangle shape is commonly used in magic tricks and is often seen as a symbol of mysticism and supernatural powers. Therefore, the word "Abracadabra" arranged in a triangle shape suggests that it can provide a cure or magical healing.

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  • 6. 

    If a/the ______ touched you then you would be cured.

    Correct Answer
    king
    Explanation
    If a king touched you, then you would be cured. This suggests that the king possesses some sort of magical or healing power that can cure illnesses or ailments. The belief in the divine power of kings was prevalent in many ancient cultures, where kings were often considered to have a special connection to the gods or were seen as semi-divine themselves. Therefore, being touched by a king was believed to have the ability to bring about miraculous healing.

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  • 7. 

    What was done to clean the air?

    • A.

      Bonfires were lit

    • B.

      Loud music was played

    • C.

      Air fresheners were sprayed

    • D.

      Birds were killed

    Correct Answer
    A. Bonfires were lit
    Explanation
    Bonfires were lit as a means to clean the air. Burning bonfires can help to reduce air pollution by releasing smoke and ash which can help to disperse and remove pollutants from the air. The heat from the bonfires can also help to break down certain pollutants. Additionally, the smoke from the bonfires can act as a natural insect repellent, reducing the presence of pests that may carry diseases. Therefore, lighting bonfires was a method used to improve air quality in this context.

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  • 8. 

    To avoid getting the plague you would have hot and cold baths regularly.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Taking hot and cold baths regularly can help prevent the plague. The plague is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is transmitted through fleas that infest rats. Maintaining good hygiene practices, including regular bathing, can help reduce the risk of flea infestation and the subsequent transmission of the plague. Additionally, hot water can kill fleas and their eggs, further preventing their spread. Therefore, regularly alternating between hot and cold baths can be an effective measure in avoiding the plague.

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