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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 free peasant
A farmer who was not free
A craft apprentice
A landowner

Question 3:


Which medieval unit of volume is the largest?
Tun
Gallon
Bushel
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 = 60d = 720s
1d = 12s = 144l
1l = 20s = 240d
1s = 100l = 1000d

Question 5:


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

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?
French
A mixture of Dutch, French and Spanish
Vikings from Norway
Vikings who settled in Normandy and spoke French

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.
One-third of a manor's land belonged to the landowner ('liege'), one-third to the landholder ('vassal'), one-third to the church.
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.

Question 8:


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

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
Oxen, as they are stronger than horses
People in the Middle Ages did not know how to use animals in farming.

Question 10:


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

Question 11:


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

Question 12:


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

 


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