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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is "churching?"
(a) The process involving a lay person joining the church clergy.
(b) The process whereby a recently pregnant woman is allowed back into society.
(c) The process of baptizing a stillborn child.
(d) The process of going house to house caroling during Christmas.

2. What is a typical mattress made of in 1250?
(a) Goose feathers.
(b) Straw.
(c) Cotton.
(d) Flour stuffed in sacks.

3. Wealthy burghers can expect to have a home of how many stories?
(a) They share a one-story home with another burgher.
(b) One.
(c) Two and a half.
(d) Four.

4. Who lives in the attic of a home?
(a) The children.
(b) The burgher and his wife.
(c) Servants and apprentices.
(d) The attic is a guest room for customers.

5. Where are toilets located?
(a) In the solar.
(b) In the basement.
(c) In the attic.
(d) In the stable yard.

6. What two general sections is Troyes divided into?
(a) The east and the west.
(b) The Latin quarter and the French quarter.
(c) The north and the south.
(d) The old city and the new city.

7. What does a fuller do?
(a) He removes wool of its impurities.
(b) He spins cotton into pieces of clothing.
(c) He digs graves.
(d) He treats yarn to give it firmness and body.

8. Why is it wise to restrict a baby's movements after birth, according to medieval wisdom?
(a) A moving baby will make for an impetuous, nervous adult.
(b) Demons will be able to more easily track a moving baby.
(c) A moving baby might twist and deform its own limbs.
(d) The various humors (fluids) in a baby must have time to settle.

9. The wool in Troyes primarily comes from which region?
(a) England.
(b) Persia.
(c) Italy.
(d) North Africa.

10. Which of the following is NOT done in the counting room?
(a) Greeting of customers.
(b) Accounting.
(c) Cooking.
(d) Bookkeeping.

11. What kind of detergent is used for laundry time?
(a) Soap and ashes.
(b) Crushed rose petals and cream.
(c) Lard.
(d) Soap only.

12. How might a pregnant woman influence the sex of her infant child, according to the prevailing wisdom?
(a) Sleeping on one side or the other can influence sex.
(b) Orientation of the woman in relation to the north pole influences sex of the child.
(c) Temperature of the woman influences sex of the child, and as such it is closely monitored.
(d) Eating a diet dominated by lamb usually results in having a girl.

13. According to medieval medicine, how many "humors" are there in the body?
(a) Fourteen.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

14. How many leper's colonies existed in France around 1250?
(a) One.
(b) One hundred.
(c) Zero.
(d) Two thousand.

15. Why do craftsmen frequently work in full view of the public?
(a) So that everyone can see their skill.
(b) In a show of honesty required by the merchants' guild.
(c) Because that is the policy of the Count of Champagne.
(d) Because that is church policy.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do the burghers get their name?

2. How is wire made by a blacksmith?

3. How often does the typical city dweller in 1250 take a bath?

4. What must a Jew wear to identify his or her religion?

5. How is time kept throughout the day in Troyes?

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