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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Jean II take the throne of France?
(a) 1348.
(b) 1342.
(c) 1344.
(d) 1350.

2. What did the Jacquerie hold in May of 1358?
(a) A constitutional convention.
(b) An open revolt.
(c) A secession meeting.
(d) An "indignation meeting."

3. What answer is offered for anything that cannot be explained?
(a) Alchemy.
(b) Astronomy.
(c) Religion.
(d) Science.

4. What could bastard sons buy from the church in the beginning of the 14th century?
(a) Military appointments.
(b) Brides.
(c) Papers of legitimacy.
(d) Nobility papers.

5. What happened to the leader who accepted an invitation to parley with Charles of Navarre?
(a) He was exiled.
(b) He was turned into a double agent who betrayed the peasants.
(c) He was captured and executed.
(d) He negotiated a peaceful conclusion to hostilities.

6. Where are the sons of the poor sent when they reach an age to learn a trade?
(a) To apprentice with a craftsman.
(b) To work for distant relatives.
(c) To serve in the military.
(d) To study at a university.

7. Which figures in the church offered believers solace?
(a) The bishops.
(b) Patron saints.
(c) The pope.
(d) The worshippers themselves.

8. How did towns react when Charles of Navarre's brother was ravaging the land?
(a) They burned their houses and salted their fields.
(b) They joined Charles' brother.
(c) They made forts of their churches.
(d) They retreated to castles.

9. What did Edward hope to get by keeping Jean II captive?
(a) Leverage to extract concessions from Philip VI.
(b) An alliance with Charles of Navarre.
(c) Ransom from France.
(d) French land.

10. Who led the Third Estate of Paris while Jean II was a captive of the English?
(a) Etienne Marcel.
(b) Charles of Navarre.
(c) Dauphin Charles.
(d) Philip Vi.

11. Which parties were in political conflict in the beginning of the 14th century?
(a) Aristocrats and rulers.
(b) Rulers and the freemen.
(c) Rulers and merchants.
(d) The clergy and rulers.

12. What was the political situation like in Coucy in the beginning of the 14th century?
(a) A repressive dictatorship.
(b) Constantly unstable.
(c) Chaotic but largely plutocratic.
(d) Prosperous and democratic.

13. How did the black plague affect the animals of Europe?
(a) They died from eating diseased bodies.
(b) Their populations thrived with all the bodies to eat.
(c) They vacated the continent until the plague had passed.
(d) They entered into people's homes looking for safe food.

14. When did Philip the Fair accuse the Templars of heresy?
(a) 1307.
(b) 1523.
(c) 1352.
(d) 1136.

15. What did the Pastoreaux do to oppose the Church?
(a) They marched on Rome.
(b) They besieged the castle at Coucy.
(c) They burned buildings and opened prisons.
(d) They attacked Jews.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did people explain the advent of the plague?

2. When did Jean II face an English invasion?

3. What were the first signs of the people rebelling against the church?

4. How many people were considered nobles in Coucy in the beginning of the 14th century?

5. Who was Pope in the beginning of the 14th century?

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