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Medieval Terms

written by: marcing
 
Check how well you would do if you had a time traveling machine and moved back into the Middle Ages.

Question 1:


Who or what was a medieval fief?
A small castle
Land held by a vassal
A vassal who had his vassals
A thief

Question 2:


Who was a serf in the Middle Ages?
A farmer who was not free
A landowner
A craft apprentice
A free peasant

Question 3:


Which medieval unit of volume is the largest?
Bushel
Gallon
Tun
Quarter

Question 4:


In the Middle Ages, the most commonly used monetary system was based on Livre, Sou and Dernier. Which relation between them is correct?
1l = 20s = 240d
1l = 60d = 720s
1s = 100l = 1000d
1d = 12s = 144l

Question 5:


Which language was NOT commonly spoken by inhabitants of the Holy Roman Empire during the Middle Ages?
Polish
Spanish
German
Italian

Question 6:


At the battle of Hastings (1066) an army of Normans, led by William the Conqueror, defeated the Anglo-Saxon forces. Who actually were Normans?
Vikings who settled in Normandy and spoke French
French
Vikings from Norway
A mixture of Dutch, French and Spanish

Question 7:


How was land usually divided in the medieval 3-field system?
One-third of a manor's land was cultivated with wheat, one-third with barley or other crop, one-third was left for meadows. Every year the fields were rotated.
Actually there was no 3-field system, land was cultivated at random.
One-third of all farming land in a given country belonged to the crown, one-third to the church, one-third to knights.
One-third of a manor's land belonged to the landowner ('liege'), one-third to the landholder ('vassal'), one-third to the church.

Question 8:


Who was a bailiff in the Middle Ages?
A person who was not able to pay his/her debts
A person appointed by a landholder to manage the village, fields and livestock
A priest of non-noble origin
A sheriff, responsible for collecting taxes

Question 9:


Which animals were better for medieval farming?
Horses, as they are faster than oxen
None is better than the other, both oxen and horses were used
People in the Middle Ages did not know how to use animals in farming.
Oxen, as they are stronger than horses

Question 10:


Who would typically own a 100-acre piece of land during medieval times?
A poor peasant
A wealthy knight
A poor knight or a wealthy free peasant
An unfree farmer

Question 11:


Which language was the medieval "lingua franca"?
English
French
German
Latin

Question 12:


Which entity was ruled by Frederic Barbarossa?
France
the Catholic Church
England
the Holy Roman Empire

 


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