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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. What does Lewis say it is hard for some people to grasp about medieval beliefs?
(a) They were unable to see the truth of matters.
(b) They were ahead of their times.
(c) They had such easily disproved ideas.
(d) They believed in fanciful creatures.

2. Why did some medieval writers not feel the need to use skillful writing?
(a) They assumed the reader knew about it.
(b) They had faith in their subject.
(c) They didn't want to offend readers.
(d) They wanted to appeal to the masses.

3. What led to the belief of unicorns?
(a) Fairy tales.
(b) Strange images.
(c) False tales.
(d) Imitated pictures.

4. Who taught medieval man how the heavens moved?
(a) Cicero.
(b) Copernicus.
(c) Plato.
(d) Aristotle.

5. What was a flawed art in the Middle Ages?
(a) Printing.
(b) Caligraphy.
(c) Pressing.
(d) Cartography.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which kind of soul gave the power to see and move?

2. What did medieval scholars have a crude knowledge of?

3. Where did medieval man think God dwelled?

4. What does Lewis say medieval literature has a fixation on?

5. Who did those who called the longaevi a fallen class think they were?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lewis say the modern reader can do to better understand the medieval style of literature?

2. What did medieval scholars think were the two parts of the rational soul, and how do they work?

3. What does Lewis say was the most important thing to remember about medieval belief in mythological creatures?

4. How did the lower spheres move according to medieval scholars, and why?

5. How was common sense defined in medieval times?

6. How did medieval scholars say the different kinds of souls said to be created?

7. What did some medieval writers sometimes stretch themselves and their writing to include?

8. How did medieval man explain insanity?

9. What was the fifth element, and where did it exist?

10. What does Lewis say it is hard to determine about the belief in mythological creatures?

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