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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

  • 26. 
    Coule 
    • A. 

      The action of retracting the sword arm and grazing lightly down the opponent's blade, maintaining contact throughout

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

      The action of extending the sword arm and grazing lightly down the opponent's blade, maintaining contact throughout

  • 27. 
    Derobement 
    • A. 

      Evasion of the opponent's attempt to beat or take the blade while the sword arm is straight and the point is threatening the target

    • B. 

      An indirect action made by passing the blade over the opponent's point

    • C. 

      Evasion of the opponent's attempt to beat or take the blade while the sword arm is bent and the point is off target

  • 28. 
    Direct
    • A. 

      Actions made by passing the blade under or over the opponent's blade

    • B. 

      Actions made without passing the blade under or over the opponent's blade

    • C. 

      Actions made directly towards the opponent

  • 29. 
    Disengagement
    • A. 

      Indirect action made by passing the blade under or over the opponent's blade

    • B. 

      Direct action made by passing the blade under or over the opponent's blade

    • C. 

      A break of engagement from the opponent's blade

  • 30. 
    Double 
    • A. 

      A direct attack which deceives the opponent's circular parry

    • B. 

      A compound attack which deceives the opponent's circular parry

    • C. 

      An indirect attack which deceives the opponent's circular parry

  • 31. 
    Feint
    • A. 

      Threatening movement of the blade made with the intention of provoking a parry or similar response

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

      A direct attack which deceives the opponent's circular parry

  • 32. 
    Double action 
    • A. 

      When both fencers choose exactly the same moment to make an offensive action

    • B. 

      When both fencers choose exactly the same moment to disengage

    • C. 

      When both fencers step forward simultaneously

  • 33. 
    Cut-over (coupe) 
    • A. 

      A direct action made by passing the blade over the opponent's point

    • B. 

      An indirect action made by passing the blade over the opponent's point

    • C. 

      An indirect action made by passing the blade over the opponent's forte

  • 34. 
    Compound riposte
    • A. 

      Riposte comprising one or more feints

    • B. 

      Riposte comprising two feints

    • C. 

      A compound attack which deceives the opponent's simple parry

  • 35. 
    Quarte 
    • A. 

      High line, semi-supinated guard on the non-sword-arm side

    • B. 

      High line, pronated guard on the non-sword-arm side

    • C. 

      Low line, semi-supinated guard on the non-sword-arm side

  • 36. 
    Envelopment
    • A. 

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

    • B. 

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

    • C. 

      The taking of the foible of the opponent's blade by maintaining continual contact throughout

  • 37. 
    High / low lines
    • A. 

      High and low divisions of the target area above and below a theoretical line

    • B. 

      High and low divisions of the fencer's whole body area above and below a theoretical line

    • C. 

      The terms used to group different parries into both high and low

  • 38. 
    Development
    • A. 

      Extension of the sword arm accompanied by a balestra

    • B. 

      Extension of the sword arm accompanied by the lunge

    • C. 

      Extension of the sword arm accompanied by a fleche

  • 39. 
    Opposition
    • A. 

      A blade movement, maintaining constant contact with the opponent's blade

    • B. 

      A blade movement, maintaining intermittent contact with the opponent's blade

    • C. 

      A blade movement, maintaining forte to forte contact with the opponent's blade

  • 40. 
    Pronation   
    • A. 

      The position of the sword hand with the knuckles uppermost

    • B. 

      The position of the sword hand with the palm uppermost

    • C. 

      The position of the non-sword hand with the knuckles uppermost

  • 41. 
    The renewal of an action made with a lunge by first returning to guard forwards or backwards
    • A. 

      Remise

    • B. 

      Reprise

    • C. 

      Redoublement

  • 42. 
    Part-whole method
    • A. 

      The teaching of a movement by practising it in isolation

    • B. 

      The teaching of a movement in parts, ie isolating the parts of the movement demanding most skill and practising them in isolation; then putting the parts together to make a whole movement

    • C. 

      The teaching of a single part of a movement in reference to the final outcome

  • 43. 
    Prime
    • A. 

      High line, pronated guard on the sword-arm side

    • B. 

      High line, pronated guard on the non-sword-arm side

    • C. 

      Low line, pronated guard on the non-sword-arm side

  • 44. 
    Priority 
    • A. 

      The right of way gained by the fencer at foil, sabre and epee by extending the sword arm and continually threatening the opponent's target

    • B. 

      The right of way gained by the fencer at foil and sabre by extending the sword arm and performing a direct attack

    • C. 

      The right of way gained by the fencer at foil and sabre by extending the sword arm and continually threatening the opponent's target

  • 45. 
    Progressive actions 
    • A. 

      Actions made with the sword point continually moving towards the opponent's target

    • B. 

      A renewal of the same single action whilst moving towards the opponent's target

    • C. 

      The movement of blade or foot to obtain the best position from which to make an attack

  • 46. 
    Low line, semi-supinated guard on the non-sword-arm side
    • A. 

      Quinte

    • B. 

      Septime

    • C. 

      Seconde

  • 47. 
    Supination 
    • A. 

      The position of the sword hand with the knuckle uppermost

    • B. 

      The position of the non-sword hand with the finger-nail uppermost

    • C. 

      The position of the sword hand with the finger-nail uppermost

  • 48. 
    Quinte
    • A. 

      Low line, pronated guard on the non-sword-arm side at foil

    • B. 

      Low line, semi-supinated guard on the non-sword-arm side at foil

    • C. 

      High line, pronated guard on the non-sword-arm side at foil

  • 49. 
    The renewal of an action after being parried by replacing the point on the target in a different line to the original action
    • A. 

      Redoublement

    • B. 

      Disengagement

    • C. 

      Rassemblement

  • 50. 
    Tierce 
    • A. 

      High line, pronated guard on the sword-arm side

    • B. 

      High line, supinated guard on the sword-arm side

    • C. 

      Low line, pronated guard on the sword-arm side

  • 51. 
    The renewal of an action after being parried by replacing the point on the target in the line of the original action
    • A. 

      Reprise

    • B. 

      Remise

    • C. 

      Rassemblement

  • 52. 
    Low line, pronated guard on the sword-arm side
    • A. 

      Seconde

    • B. 

      Prime

    • C. 

      Septime

  • 53. 
    High line, semi-supinated guard on the sword-arm side
    • A. 

      Octave

    • B. 

      Septime

    • C. 

      Sixte

  • 54. 
    Successive parries
    • A. 

      Two or more consecutive parries made to defend against compound attacks

    • B. 

      Two or more consecutive lateral parries made to defend against compound attacks

    • C. 

      Two or more consecutive circlular parries made to defend against compound attacks