Middle Ages Quiz


The age of chivalry might be dead, but its legend lives on. Do you yearn for the days of yore with honorable knights and virtuous women? Prove your valiance and take this quiz to see what you know about legends, plagues and wars of the Middle Ages.

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Question 1 of 10

What was a vassal?

a low-ranking noble
a high-ranking noble
a court jester

... A vassal was a lower-ranking noble who was granted some property and whatever income it generated -- usually through rents paid by commoners or profits from farming. In return, the vassal would act as administrator of that territory. More importantly, the vassal was obligated to provide military aid to his lord.


Question 2 of 10

Approximately how much of the European population was wiped out by the Black Death?


... When all was said and done, about 25 million people died in the epidemic, approximately one-third of Europe's population at the time.


Question 3 of 10

The first Crusade began in what century?

ninth century
11th century
13th century

... The first Crusade, starting off with the Peasants Crusade, began in the late 11th century.


Question 4 of 10

In the process of knighthood, at what age could a squire become a full-fledged knight?


... Upon turning 21, a squire was ready to be knighted.


Question 5 of 10

What was a fief?

a medieval peasant
a landlord
a piece of land

... The king granted fiefs -- portions of land -- to nobles -- lords or barons -- in return for loyalty, protection and service.


Question 6 of 10

What perceived heresy was the Albigensian Crusade fought over?

the claim that Jesus was God, but never human
the claim that faith alone could lead to salvation
the claim that the Earth was round

... This crusade was held over the Catharism heresy, which claimed that Jesus Christ was God, but was never man. Cathars believed that the Eucharist was blasphemous and that the church perverted Christ's word.


Question 7 of 10

In Arthurian legend, who of the following is NOT a Knight of the Round Table?

Morgan le Fay

... Morgan le Fay was Arthur's pagan half-sister.


Question 8 of 10

Who wrote "Le Morte d'Arthur?"

Chretien de Troyes
Sir Thomas Malory
Geoffrey of Monmouth

... Sir Thomas Malory's compilation "Le Morte d'Arthur" (The Death of Arthur) is probably the best-known version of the Arthurian legends. Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote "Historia Regnum Britannae," and Chretien de Troyes wrote several poems about love and chivalry in the mid-1100s that incorporated tales of Knights of the Round Table.


Question 9 of 10

In what years did the Black Death affect Europe?

from 1247 to 1251
from 1307 to 1311
from 1347 to 1351

... The Black Death swept through Europe from 1347 to 1351.


Question 10 of 10

According to the famous legend, why did Lady Godiva take a naked horse ride?

she was forced to as punishment for her refusal to defy her vow of chastity
to get attention from the townspeople to start a riot
to attain lower taxes for the townspeople

... Although now believed to be historically inaccurate, the legend says that Lady Godiva took the naked horse ride when her husband promised, in return, to lower taxes for the townspeople.


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