Life in a Medieval City Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Frances and Joseph Gies
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Prior to Roman conquest, what state is modern-day France in?

2. What color is a burgher's house covered in upon his death?

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

4. Which might be a restriction against two people being married?

5. What is the solar?

Short Essay Questions

1. What series of events led to the "Dark Ages?"

2. Who was and was not allowed to get married?

3. Why is it important for a burgher to have a detailed will?

4. Who is a midwife, and what techniques might she use in her profession?

5. Describe what a tanner does.

6. How is wool processed?

7. What are the purposes of fireplaces in Troyes?

8. How is a woman restricted in medieval society?

9. What are some typical household duties a wife or her servant is expected to perform?

10. Why is childbirth a dangerous time in a woman's life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 1 describes the physical geography of Troyes.

1) Describe the geography of Troyes, including its major city sections, mportant buildings, and landmarks.

2) How did merchants and others enter Troyes?

3) What does the number of ecclesiastical buildings in Troyes signify?

Essay Topic 2

Medieval medicine has made advances since the Dark Ages, but it is still more religion than science.

1) According to medieval doctors, what is the body comprised of? Given that, what is the cause of illness?

2) What is astrology? How does astrology factor in to a doctor's profession?

3) Name three diseases in the High Middle Ages, and how a doctor might go about treating them.

4) How is mental illness viewed at this time?

Essay Topic 3

Books and authors are the subject of Chapter 12.

1) Who are the Goliards? What kind of writing are they known for?

2) Describe the rise of the vernacular language. Why does this language begin to displace Latin? Which authors are associated with the vernacular?

3) Define the following types of literature, and give one example of an author and text for each type: Poetry, Prose, fabliaux, romance.

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