Unit 2 Diagnostic

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Diagnostic Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz is to be used as a diagnostic tool to see how much you remember about Unit 2, the Middle Ages. Do NOT spend forever taking it- that is not the purpose. When you are done, do NOT click outside the score results. It will tell you what numbers you missed. Figure out which standards you need to review based on what you missed the most.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following were reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire? (check all that apply)
    • A. 

      Bad leadership

    • B. 

      Inflation

    • C. 

      Invaders from the outside

    • D. 

      Civil unrest from social classes

    • E. 

      Too much land for one person to control

    • F. 

      Widening gap between patricians and plebeians

    • G. 

      Failing economy due to over-taxation

  • 2. 
    After the Roman Empire fell, Western Europe turned into the Byzantine Empire. Eastern Europe turned into smaller kingdoms.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    What leader was able to unite Western Europe after the fall of Rome? 
  • 4. 
    This killed 1/3 of the population in Europe during the Middle Ages.
  • 5. 
    What was the reason Vikings began looting European cities?
    • A. 

      They were mean-spirited people

    • B. 

      They were adventuresome people who wanted to explore new lands

    • C. 

      They were hit the hardest from the Black Death and needed to re-populate

    • D. 

      Their geography did not allow many crops to be grown, thus they began to pillage other places

  • 6. 
    A monastery is where a Viking lives.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    This document limited the power of a king within a government. It showed that a king was not above the law.
  • 8. 
    Why were monasteries important?
    • A. 

      They helped preserve knowledge and information during the Middle Ages.

    • B. 

      It was the only place people could go to pray.

    • C. 

      They were the main source of farmland for European citizens.

    • D. 

      They were the source of Muslim thought in Western Europe.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following options puts the feudal social pyramid in the correct order from top to bottom?
    • A. 

      King, knight, lord, serf

    • B. 

      King, lord, knight, serf

    • C. 

      King, lord, serf, knight

    • D. 

      Serf, knight, lord, king

  • 10. 
    The Reformation began with which of the following events?
    • A. 

      Diocletian splits Rome into 2 parts

    • B. 

      Debate over icons in the churches in 1054

    • C. 

      Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses in 1517

    • D. 

      Henry VII breaks with the Catholic Church and creates the Church of England

  • 11. 
    The Crusades were successful for the Christians, who were able to re-gain control of the Holy Land.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Silk was cheap in Europe because it was popular there.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Why did Vikings loot monasteries? (check all that apply)
    • A. 

      Because monasteries did not have weapons, and monks did not necessarily know how to defend themselves

    • B. 

      Monasteries were Christian, and Vikings did not care about the Christian god

    • C. 

      Monasteries held icons, often made out of gold and silver

    • D. 

      Monasteries were the main places where serfs stored their grain, and Vikings were starving

    • E. 

      Monasteries were easy targets

  • 14. 
    Which of the following explains the purpose of feudalism? (check all that apply)
    • A. 

      Kings couldn't control all the land by themselves, so they split it up and gave portions to lords

    • B. 

      It gave serfs opportunity to better themselves and receive training to perform jobs other than farming

    • C. 

      Created a concrete social structure which benefitted all levels

    • D. 

      Protection from invaders

  • 15. 
    Which of the following were effects of the Renaissance? (check all that apply)
    • A. 

      Re-birthed interest in Greek and Roman culture and achievements

    • B. 

      Brought about new developments in science, technology, and medicine

    • C. 

      More people began to be educated, particularly in universities

    • D. 

      Placed new value on the importance of humans (humanism)

    • E. 

      Brought about new achievements in artwork

    • F. 

      Increased people's faith in the Christian god

  • 16. 
    What type of artwork, used heavily in the Byzantine Empire, uses small tiles put together to make a picture? Usually these were made in churches for sacred purposes.
    • A. 

      Mosaic

    • B. 

      Stained glass

    • C. 

      Classical sculpture

    • D. 

      Paintings using perspective

  • 17. 
    Something that is secular is referring to something that is "worldly." Something that is sacred is referring to anything related to religion.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Why did the Crusades begin?
    • A. 

      Christians were angry that the Muslims had caused the fall of the Roman Empire

    • B. 

      The pope was selling indulgences, and this was the Christians' way of protesting

    • C. 

      Martin Luther wrote 95 Theses, or 95 Reasons why Christians needed to re-take the Holy Land

    • D. 

      The Byzantine emperor was worried about Muslims taking over his land, and the pope called on Christians to help take the Holy Land so Jesus could return

  • 19. 
    What helped spread the ideals of the Renaissance and Reformation?
    • A. 

      The Silk Road

    • B. 

      The acceptance of Christianity throughout the world

    • C. 

      Gutenberg's printing press

    • D. 

      The Crusades