Life in a Medieval City Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How are books regarded in the 13th century?
(a) Books are exceptionally common, and fill most homes' shelves.
(b) Books are rare and valuable.
(c) Books are worthless, as almost no one can read.
(d) Books are derided for their silly tales and sloppy penmanship.

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

3. What is NOT a common punishment for crime in Troyes?
(a) Flogging.
(b) Death by hanging.
(c) Lengthy prison terms.
(d) "Eye for an eye".

4. What is the computus?
(a) A crude abacus used for basic arithmetic operations.
(b) The set of rules for determining the exact date of moveable feasts.
(c) A scale used to measure grain and spice.
(d) A map showing all the known lands in the world, and important landmarks.

5. Chretien de Troyes' works are the basis for what legend?
(a) The sack of Troy.
(b) Gilgamesh.
(c) King Arthur.
(d) The ugly duckling.

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

7. What dictates the severity of a fire in Troyes?
(a) Number of criminals.
(b) Goods currently on sale in the marketplace.
(c) Current population.
(d) Weather and season.

8. Who oversee the construction of cathedrals?
(a) The mayor of the town.
(b) Priests.
(c) The Pope.
(d) Bishops.

9. What disaster befalls Troyes in 1188?
(a) A bad flood.
(b) An outbreak of plague.
(c) A crop failure and famine.
(d) A large fire.

10. Which author is depended upon for the central texts to teach rhetoric in the cathedral school?
(a) Herodotus.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Donatus.
(d) Nero.

11. Why is curriculum referred to as the liberal arts?
(a) Because what's taught is not expected to make money.
(b) Because education is meant to be applied liberally, to all peoples.
(c) Because cathedral school is free to join.
(d) Because teaching methods are more art than science.

12. What are the ingredients of glass?
(a) Tree ash and sand.
(b) Viscera from animal leftovers.
(c) Wood bark and maple tree sap.
(d) Cooled tar.

13. 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) Whether the prisoner is kept in the tower or the dunjon.
(c) Degree of severity.
(d) Geographical location.

14. Which of the following is true about the cathedral school?
(a) Grammar is taught with a crude version of phonetics.
(b) Instruction is conducted in the vernacular.
(c) Students are graded.
(d) All ages are taught together.

15. There is a revival of theater in the 13th century. Where does it start?
(a) The Church.
(b) The private homes of burghers.
(c) The town square.
(d) At the market.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is the catapult of the Middles Ages superior to its Roman ancestor?

2. What immediately follows the sermon in a typical church service?

3. Which of the following is NOT an assurance guaranteed to merchants by Troyes during the fair?

4. What are relics?

5. Why might a lord call upon his subjects to take up arms?

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