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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the church's position on most games and entertainments?
(a) These activities are sinful and forbidden.
(b) These activities are sinful, but permitted on Tuesdays.
(c) These activities are necessary to overall emotional health.
(d) The church states no opinion on these activities.

2. How tall are Troyes' city walls?
(a) 20 feet.
(b) 30 feet.
(c) 10 feet.
(d) 4 feet.

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

4. Which of the following is NOT one of the tools of a midwife?
(a) Jasper stone.
(b) Soothing words.
(c) Magical intonations.
(d) A hammer and awl.

5. Who are the only types of people not allowed to be married?
(a) The extremely poor.
(b) Jews.
(c) Heathens.
(d) Jongleurs.

6. When is a Caesarian section typically performed in the case of a woman giving birth?
(a) Caesarian section is more typical than a natural childbirth.
(b) The midwife makes the determination to have a Caesarian section.
(c) Only if the woman has died, or the child has died in the womb.
(d) The Bishop determines whether a birth should be done via Caesarian section.

7. What is the widely-accepted currency in Troyes?
(a) Marks.
(b) Deniers.
(c) Doubloons.
(d) Pounds.

8. Prior to Roman conquest, what state is modern-day France in?
(a) It is not inhabited by more than a few criminals and gypsies.
(b) It is populated with Vandals, and features several large cities.
(c) It is primarily wilderness, dotted by a few small villages.
(d) It is rich and fertile farmland, populated by large plantations.

9. What is usury?
(a) The ability to use a church structure for ceremonies.
(b) The process by which raw wool becomes sellable wool.
(c) A material used to stuff mattresses.
(d) Lending money at exorbitant rates of interest.

10. How many shillings make up one pound?
(a) 200.
(b) 20.
(c) 85.
(d) 5.

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

12. How wide are Troyes' city walls?
(a) 15 feet.
(b) 1 feet.
(c) 4 feet.
(d) 8 feet.

13. What must a Jew wear to identify his or her religion?
(a) A yellow circle.
(b) An iron necklace with the star of David.
(c) A black and white armband.
(d) A red pentagram.

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

15. Which of the following is NOT an advantage of gold over iron?
(a) Goldsmiths earn higher wages than blacksmiths.
(b) Gold is more rare and thus more expensive than iron.
(c) Gold is more easily worked with than iron.
(d) Gold is a much tougher, harder metal than iron.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did a doctor do for common wound and injuries?

2. What kind of detergent is used for laundry time?

3. What is the highest title a merchant can hope to obtain?

4. Which historical figure first encourages the merchant fairs of Troyes?

5. Why are soldiers hired by merchants on the way to the fair at Troyes?

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