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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does a midwife do?
(a) She attends to a pregnant woman and aids her in the birthing process.
(b) She is reported to ward away evil spirits with her relics.
(c) She buys food and other household items for the wife.
(d) She is a mistress for the burgher.

4. What is a superstition about childbirth mentioned in the text?
(a) The time of birth must be recorded exactly, which can be used to predict the child's future.
(b) Very particular lute music is played prior to and during birth, so the child will not be born deaf.
(c) The woman's face is covered with a cloth during childbirth, as it is considered ill fortune for a woman to witness the birth of her own child.
(d) A jongleur is made to attend the birth to ensure the child has a happy rather than sad disposition.

5. What is a consignment?
(a) The process in which the church appoints a bishop to a particular town.
(b) The property given over from the bride's family to the groom.
(c) A process in which wine is distilled.
(d) The right to purchase all the wool for a particular person or organization.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to ideal notions of beauty, how should skin appear to be considered beautiful?

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

4. What are the majority of homes in Troyes made from?

5. What is the donjon of the Count's Castle used for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some common sicknesses in the 13th century?

2. What are the purposes of fireplaces in Troyes?

3. Describe what a tanner does.

4. Describe the journey a merchant might take to a fair in Troyes.

5. Describe a typical marriage ceremony.

6. Describe what a blacksmith does.

7. How did communes contribute to the rise of the burghers?

8. What are the purpose of merchant guilds?

9. In the tenth and eleventh centuries, what helped cement the growth of bourgs?

10. Explain how currency functions in 1250 Troyes.

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