Life in a Medieval City Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What immediately follows the sermon in a typical church service?
(a) The Offertory.
(b) The Gregorian chant.
(c) The Creed.
(d) The thema.

2. Why are merchants reluctant to lend or provide money to the Crusades?
(a) Merchants are primarily Cathars who wish to defy the Church.
(b) It is too much work to draw up the proper paperwork.
(c) They receive only a modest rate of return on their money.
(d) The Crusades are not directly related to the country's safety.

3. What are fabliaux?
(a) Long romance tales written in Latin.
(b) Short and often humorous folk tales written in verse.
(c) Fictionalized, humorous autobiographies.
(d) Transcribed copies of the Bible.

4. Which of the following is NOT an assurance guaranteed to merchants by Troyes during the fair?
(a) Protection against robbers.
(b) Recourse against debtors.
(c) Guarantees against cheaters who dilute their wares.
(d) The guarantee to sell their goods at a certain minimum.

5. What distinguishes the barbarian legacy of justice?
(a) The church system handles punishment.
(b) Duels, and the process of ordeals.
(c) Crimes are considered personal, rather than civil.
(d) A system of lawyers, evidence, and testimony.

6. When does the "Hot Fair" of Troyes occur?
(a) The first of Spring.
(b) July and August.
(c) September.
(d) Christmas time.

7. What were the two French languages of the 13th century?
(a) Provencal and Northern.
(b) Latin and Greek.
(c) Southern and Northern.
(d) La Bouche and Western.

8. What is the purpose of the flying buttress?
(a) They are structures that support high cathedral ceilings.
(b) They are structures that make statues of the Virgin Mary appear to be flying.
(c) It is a coin used to inaugurate a new well or man-made pond.
(d) It is a bawdy tale used by jongleurs to entertain guests.

9. What are relics?
(a) Extremely elderly members of the congregation.
(b) Candles that help to illuminate statuary inside the church.
(c) The sacred physical remains of saints.
(d) Extremely elderly members of the clergy.

10. "The Prophets" is an example of what?
(a) Poem.
(b) Playlet.
(c) Trope.
(d) Fabliaux.

11. Who rules Champagne in the year 1250?
(a) Geoffroi de Villehardouin.
(b) Thibaut IV.
(c) Thibaut the Great.
(d) Queen Blanche.

12. Which of the following is NOT an option for a graduated university student of the Middle Ages?
(a) Teacher.
(b) Diplomat.
(c) Lawyer.
(d) Doctor.

13. Educated wanderers who developed an irreverent brand of Latin verse were known as what?
(a) Grammarians.
(b) Jongleurs.
(c) Troyes.
(d) Goliards.

14. What is the avoir de poids?
(a) The part of a fair for commodities that must be weighed.
(b) The canal that separates the old city from the new city in Troyes.
(c) The footpath around Troyes.
(d) The part of a fair reserved for buying and selling of cloth.

15. What accounts for the difference between low justice and high justice?
(a) Whether it's handled by the Church or by the town council.
(b) Degree of severity.
(c) Whether the prisoner is kept in the tower or the dunjon.
(d) Geographical location.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Chartres mile?

2. Which author is depended upon for the central texts to teach rhetoric in the cathedral school?

3. What is the cathedral in Troyes called?

4. What are the characteristics of the Gothic font?

5. What is an example of "eye for an eye" justice?

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