Sword Fencing Terminology - Full Quiz 57 Questions Levels 1-3

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  • 1. 
    Balestra
    • A. 

      A short, sharp jump forwards, with both feet and landing with both, usually as a form of preparation

    • B. 

      A short, sharp jump backwards, leading with the front foot and landing with both, usually as a form of defence

    • C. 

      A short, sharp jump forwards, leading with the front foot and landing with both, usually as a form of preparation

  • 2. 
    Appel
    • A. 

      Beating the piste with the ball of the foot, either as a front foot or rear foot appel

    • B. 

      Beating the piste with the rear of the foot, either as a front foot or rear foot appel

    • C. 

      Beating the piste with the whole foot, either as a front foot or rear foot appel

  • 3. 
    Attack
    • A. 

      An initial offensive action made by extending the sword arm and continuously threatening the opponent's target area

    • B. 

      An initial offensive action made by taking a step forward towards an opponent and continuously threatening the opponent's target area

    • C. 

      An initial defensive action made by retracting the sword arm

  • 4. 
    Breaking ground
    • A. 

      Stepping forwards

    • B. 

      To jump back quickly, evading the opponent's attack

    • C. 

      Stepping back

  • 5. 
    Barrage
    • A. 

      The first round of a fencing competition

    • B. 

      In competition, a fight off to determine a result in the event of a tie

    • C. 

      In competition, a one-hit bout to determine a result in the event of a tie

  • 6. 
    Compound attack
    • A. 

      Two or more single actions performed together as one continuous action

    • B. 

      An attack comprising one or more different actions

    • C. 

      An attack comprising one or more feints

  • 7. 
    Bind 
    • A. 

      Taking of the foible of the opposing blade horizontally from quarte to sixte, and vice versa

    • B. 

      Taking of the forte of the opposing blade diagonally from high to low line, and vice versa

    • C. 

      Taking of the foible of the opposing blade diagonally from high to low line, and vice versa

  • 8. 
    Bout 
    • A. 

      The final match of a competition

    • B. 

      A fight for a specific number of hits

    • C. 

      A fight off to determine the result in the event of a tie

  • 9. 
    Change of engagement 
    • A. 

      Initial engagement of the opponent's blade on the opposite side

    • B. 

      Maintaining contact with the opponent's blade whilst they change from quarte to sixte (or vice versa)

    • C. 

      Re-engagement of the opponent's blade on the opposite side by passing under or over it

  • 10. 
    Beat
    • A. 

      A crisp, striking movement of the opponent's blade creating a deflection, or obtaining a reaction; used as a preparation

    • B. 

      A crisp, striking movement with the attacker's forte, creating a deflection, or obtaining a reaction; used as a preparation

    • C. 

      A crisp, striking movement of the opponent's forte, creating a deflection, or obtaining a reaction; used as a preparation

  • 11. 
    Absence of blade
    • A. 

      When there is a space between opposing fencers

    • B. 

      When swords are not in contact

    • C. 

      When the blade is not in line with the opponent's target area

  • 12. 
    Broken time
    • A. 

      Two different attacks, performed with a delay

    • B. 

      When a pause is introduced into an action which is normally performed in one movement

    • C. 

      The rhythm in which a sequence of movements are made

  • 13. 
    Cadence
    • A. 

      When a pause is introduced into an action which is normally performed in one movement

    • B. 

      The rhythm in which a sequence of movements are made

    • C. 

      Two different attacks, performed with a delay

  • 14. 
    Ceding parry 
    • A. 

      A parry formed while retreating from an opponent who is performing a direct attack

    • B. 

      A parry formed by giving way to an opponent who is taking the blade

    • C. 

      A parry formed while advancing towards an opponent after they have performed an indirect attack

  • 15. 
    Change beat 
    • A. 

      A beat made after passing under or over the opponent's blade

    • B. 

      A beat made after passing to the side of the opponent's blade

    • C. 

      An alternate beat of each side of the opponent's blade

  • 16. 
    Circular parry 
    • A. 

      Deflection of the opponent's attacking blade by making a circle with the sword point

    • B. 

      Deflection of the opponent's attacking blade by making a circle with the forearm

    • C. 

      A lateral parry of quarte or sixte, followed by a circular change of engagement

  • 17. 
    Compound action
    • A. 

      No more than two single actions performed together as one continuous action

    • B. 

      Two or more single actions performed together as one continuous action

    • C. 

      An attack comprising one or more feints

  • 18. 
    Counter attack
    • A. 

      A riposte following the successful parry of the opponent's riposte or counter-riposte

    • B. 

      The offensive action made while avoiding, or closing the line against, an opponent's attack

    • C. 

      The defensive action made while avoiding, or closing the line against, an opponent's attack

  • 19. 
    Prises de fer
    • A. 

      The taking of the foible of the opponent's blade by making a complete circle and maintaining continual contact throughout

    • B. 

      A taking of the blade (e.g. bind, croise, envelopment)

    • C. 

      A method of getting closer to an opponent with acceleration to make an attack and while maintaining balance and making it possible for a rapid recovery to On Guard

  • 20. 
    Compound Prises de fer
    • A. 

      Two (only) consecutive takings of the blade, alike or different, with a break in blade contact

    • B. 

      Two or more consecutive takings of the blade, alike or different, with a break in blade contact

    • C. 

      Two or more consecutive takings of the blade, alike or different, with no loss of blade contact

  • 21. 
    Corps a corps
    • A. 

      Bodily contact between the fencers in a bout

    • B. 

      An engagement of the blades of the fencers in a bout

    • C. 

      The engagement of two opponent's fortes

  • 22. 
    Counter-disengagement
    • A. 

      An indirect action which deceives a change of engagement

    • B. 

      A direct action which deceives a change of engagement

    • C. 

      The defensive action made while avoiding, or closing the line against, an opponent's attack

  • 23. 
    Counter-time
    • A. 

      An action made by the attacker into a counter attack which is provoked by the opponent

    • B. 

      An action made by the defender into a counter attack which is provoked by the opponent

    • C. 

      A parry made by the attacker into a counter attack which is provoked by the opponent

  • 24. 
    Croise
    • A. 

      A parry made by the attacker into a counter attack which is provoked by the opponent

    • B. 

      The taking of the forte of the opposing blade from high to low line, and vice versa, on the same side as the engagement

    • C. 

      The taking of the foible of the opposing blade from high to low line, and vice versa, on the same side as the engagement

  • 25. 
    Indirect
    • A. 

      An offensive action made by first passing the blade under or over the opponent's blade

    • B. 

      A defensive action made by first passing the blade under or over the opponent's blade

    • C. 

      An offensive action made by retracting the sword arm in order to renew the attack

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