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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why do housewives frequently refrain from wearing makeup or wigs?
(a) Makeup and wigs contain unhealthy and allergic materials.
(b) There is a common fear that such "disguises" bring bad luck.
(c) Burghers prefer their wives to be natural beauties.
(d) The wearing of make up or wigs is frowned upon by the church.

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

4. How does an apprentice become a master?
(a) By the retirement or death of their master.
(b) By earning their master's degree.
(c) In a church ritual.
(d) By creating a masterpiece.

5. In 1250, who lives in the Viscount's Tower?
(a) The Viscount.
(b) The Count of Champagne.
(c) The Bishop of Troyes.
(d) Several merchant families.

6. 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 primarily wilderness, dotted by a few small villages.
(c) It is rich and fertile farmland, populated by large plantations.
(d) It is populated with Vandals, and features several large cities.

7. What did a doctor do for common wound and injuries?
(a) Applied a binding to the wound, and kept it clean and sterile.
(b) Appealed to God in a prayer to cure the wound.
(c) Placed a ruby on the wrist for relief of pain.
(d) Melted candle wax and applied it to the wound.

8. How is a baby dressed until it can walk?
(a) All in white, in the hopes that a witch cannot hurt him/her.
(b) The baby is left naked until it can walk.
(c) With very tight wrappings.
(d) With a loose-fitting dress.

9. Which of the following is NOT a step taken in the preparation of a typical dinner?
(a) The wife must visit the butcher's to select a meat.
(b) Meats must be roasted in a communal oven.
(c) Servants chop and blanch vegetables.
(d) Food must be taken to the cathedral to be blessed.

10. Which of the following is NOT a function of guilds?
(a) They restrict competition.
(b) They increase earnings of guild members.
(c) They ensure qualities and standards.
(d) They increase the Church's power because of endowments.

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

12. How did doctors describe the cause of illnesses in the 13th century?
(a) Disease might arise from an imbalance in the fluids of the body.
(b) Disease is the result of contact with unhealthy metals.
(c) Disease is a result of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens.
(d) Disease is an act of God, and requires no rational explanation.

13. How is wire made by a blacksmith?
(a) Sending metal through a complicated system of grates.
(b) A mill wheel-type device that crushes metal.
(c) By sending metal through smaller and smaller holes.
(d) Manual twisting with tongs.

14. According to ideal notions of beauty, how should skin appear to be considered beautiful?
(a) Ruddy and flushed.
(b) As white and flawless as possible.
(c) Dark and tanned.
(d) Shiny, with a high-gloss sheen.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are Jews in a precarious position in Troyes?

2. How is mental illness treated by medieval doctors?

3. Which of the following is NOT a member category in a guild?

4. Which of the following is NOT one of the tools of a midwife?

5. What is Latin for "a place where people congregate inside walls?"

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