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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the church teach about life on earth?

2. What technology was revolutionizing warfare in the 14th century?

3. How are the wealthy different from the poor in size of their families?

4. What did the Jacquerie inspire in France?

5. How many people lived in Coucy in the beginning of the 14th century?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between the church and science in 14th-century France?

2. What is the relationship between the military and money?

3. List the first Lords of Coucy.

4. Describe Jean II's ascent to the throne and his war with the English.

5. Describe Jean II's captivity in England.

6. What does Dauphin Charles ordain during Jean II's captivity?

7. How are women seen in 14th-century France?

8. Describe the Jacquerie rebellion.

9. What technology affects the living arrangements in the 14th century?

10. How are taxes collected in Coucy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Peasant uprisings were a perennial problem in Europe. Why were peasants unhappy, and what did they gain by rioting? Did the peasant rebellions contribute to an improvement of the peasants' situation, or did the nature of feudalism change for other reasons?

Essay Topic 2

Italy was hardly ever at war with England or France, but the Italian region was often in turmoil and affected French politics. What was the role of Italy in French and English politics, and how was Italy act its role? What marriage, battles, uprising and policies in Italy affected France and England? Analyze and describe the role of Italian and Vatican politics in France and England.

Essay Topic 3

Tuchman describes a number of ways that societies in the fourteenth century disposed of superfluous people, in wars, in plagues, in the Inquisition. Analyze these squanderings, and describe the value society placed on human life in the fourteenth century. Why couldn't society find uses for these "extras"? Why were warfare and the Inquisition the best ways to dispose of them? Did anyone try to put the masses to better uses? What was the state of technology, that there were so many extra people? What was the state of agricultural production, to feed so many people?

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