Task 6 - Hygiene In The Middle Ages

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Middle Ages Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    The definition of hygiene or __________ has varied from culture to culture throughout history.
  • 2. 
    However, one think is clear: contrary to popular belief, people have not become __________.
  • 3. 
    The idea of regular bathing as an important part of personal hygiene is not a ______________.
  • 4. 
    In Europe during the Middle Ages (c.500 - c.1500) there were also many public bath-houses, called ___________ by the common people who used them.
  • 5. 
    However, the _______________, a very contagious, often fatal bacterial disease swept much of the world during the 14th century.
  • 6. 
    It was also known as the Black Death and caused the closure of many public gathering places, including the ___________________.
  • 7. 
    Many people believed that placing water on the skin would _______________, allowing diesease to enter the body.
  • 8. 
    During the 1400s and 1500s plumbing was fairly _____________ and in large cities sewage flowed down streets and gutters in open streams that smelled bad and carried disease.
  • 9. 
    Rather than washing in water, the preferred way of cleansing the body during the 16th century was to wipe it with _________________, which were thoguht to hvae healing properties.
  • 10. 
    It became common among the poor to bathe only _____________ a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, though the face, hands, and teeth were usually cleaned daily.
  • 11. 
    Teeth were usually brushed with a chewed _____________, then wiped with cloth.
  • 12. 
    The very wealthy simply gave away their clothes when they were ________________.
  • 13. 
    Soap had been invented in the ______________ and brought back to Europe during the eleventh century by soldiers returning from the religious Crusades.
  • 14. 
    Most of the royalty and nobility concealed the smell of imperfectly clened bodies with a variety of ___________________.
  • 15. 
    Most wealthy people carried bottles of perfume, pomanders (______________), or scented handkerchiefs with them at all times. The poor simply smelled.