Life in a Medieval City Test | Final 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. Why would a guild donate money for the construction of a cathedral?

2. Why are merchants reluctant to lend or provide money to the Crusades?

3. When did towns like Troyes first start being granted charters?

4. What is the literal translation of Rutebeuf?

5. Chretien de Troyes' works are the basis for what legend?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the Goliards?

2. For what poetry is Thibaut IV most known for?

3. Where did the phrase "free mason" originate?

4. What subject did Rutebauf write about in his poetry?

5. What did 12th century charters accomplish for towns like Troyes?

6. What does a Middle Ages curriculum consist of?

7. What remains today of Troyes?

8. What are relics, and where are they kept? Give some examples of typical relics.

9. Describe how an army might try to siege a city like Troyes?

10. What is the process of ordeal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 14 describes natural disasters and siege warfare. Troyes was decimated by a series of natural disasters, but managed to thrive.

1) Provide a timeline of natural disasters that befall Troyes, citing year and type of disaster.

2) Describe the steps involved in a famine. How does a famine start, and how is it perpetuated?

3) Describe a typical siege on a city the size of Troyes. Include in your discussion the various methods the attacking army might try to breach the city and any countermeasures available to the citizens.

Essay Topic 2

Chapter 13 discusses a rise in theater during this period.

1) Where does the revival of theater start? Give reasons why. What is a playlet?

2) Why is "L' Mystere d' Adam" important in the development of the theater? Describe the plot of "L' Mystere d' Adam."

3) Describe the narrative contents of the following: The Prophets, "Play of St. Nicholas," and "Le Courteois d' Arras."

Essay Topic 3

A drastic development in the rise of cities like Troyes is the charter.

1) What is the charter? Who agrees to the charter? What benefits do the citizens derive from having such a charter?

2) How are the mayor and town council members selected? Include in your answer a discussion of "co-optation."

3) How is justice handled in Troyes in 1250? Describe the three theories of justice that Troyes justice is based from.

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