Fall 2011 midterm exam
This practice exam is similar to the one you will write on
Tuesday 19 October 2011. Same structure, but
different questions: the 19 October 2011 is closely
tuned to the work which we are doing this semester, up
to 14 October 2011.
Answers to these questions can be found in the
textbook chapters 11 to 14 inclusive (pages 289 - 344),
in seminar reading, including the web-linked primary
source documents, or in your lecture notes.
There are three parts to this exam:
I) Identification and significance questions, for 15 points, in which you identifyand
discuss the significance of three from a list of nine historical terms, concepts or events in a
four to five sentence paragraph. These terms are drawn from the lectures, from textbook
readings (Western Heritage chapters 11-14; including the list of AImportant [email protected]
the end of every chapter), and the readings assigned and discussed in the weekly seminar,
weeks I-V). You willcomplete this section on the lined and numbered sheets provided in
the exam copy itself
II) identify and discuss significance of document excerpt. For 5 points, identifyand
discuss in four to five sentence paragraph, one of three document excerpts. These
document excerpts are taken from the documents studies in seminar Weeks I-V.
III) Multiple-choice questions (35), for 35 points, which test your understanding of the
material covered in the course up to 14 October 2011. Questions are drawn from the
textbook, from lectures, from seminar discussions. This section willbe completed on a
machine-readable sheet, which must be filled out correctly with your name and student
points._______________________________________________________________________ I. Identify and discuss historical
significance (5 marks each).
For three of the eight terms below, identify and discuss in
a short paragraph (four to five complete sentences) the
historical significance i.e. Why is it important, and
what does it tell us about larger events or
Ninety-five Theses: Martin Luther; Posted in
Wittenberg; opposed to churches selling of
John Calvin : Founder of Calvinism;
Joan of Arc: Thought God would save her; heretic; tried
and executed burned at stake
Council of Trent
II. Identify and provide the significance
for one of the following three quotations.
1) AThey will be condemned eternally, together with their teachers,
who believe themselves sure of their salvation because they have
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Luther 95 Theses
2) AHer chaste and lovely form was laid in the church of the
Franciscans, on the evening of the day upon which she [email protected]
Petrarch – Letters to Laura
3) AThere are two main ways in which those who have travelled to
this part of the world pretending to be Christians have uprooted these
pitiful peoples and wiped them from the face of the [email protected]
III. Multiple choice (please complete in
pencil on the answer sheet)
1. The studia humanitatis consisted the following: a. law and theology b. liberal arts
c. chivalry and civility d. scholastic philosophy
2. Many late medieval Europeans perceived that their security was
threatened by the
a. Spanish empire b. Kingdom of Granada c. Aztec empire d.
3. The "new monarchs" of the late fifteenth century in Europe:
a. continued the trend toward decentralization b. were often
obsessed with the acquisition and expansion of power c.
attempted to build up the nobility for support d. accepted the
domination of the church as a matter of course
4. Humanists studied moral philosophy (ethics)
a. as a means of persuading their fellow citizens. b. to gain
insight into the lives of past humanists. c. rather than abstract
philosophy. d. in order to undermine traditional Christianity.
5. John Wyclif did all of the following except:
a. claim the pope was the Antichrist b. claim faith alone was the
Christian's sole source of authority c. claim there was no
scriptural basis for papal claims of temporal authority d.
condemn the printing of the Bible in the vernacular
6. The Courtier exemplified the 16th-century shift from
a. chivalric to courtly manners b. idealism to realism c. feudal to
"national" outlook d. knightly warfare to infantry and artillery
7. The humanist contribution to scholarship included
a. revival of ancient historical methods. b. principles for
analyzing ancient texts. c. a method for interpreting Egyptian
hieroglyphics. d. a style of historical and literary investigation
that would perfectly re-create old masterpieces.
8. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 was accomplished
a. by a force of Italian, English, and French soldiers b. with little
loss of life c. after numerous attacks and a lengthy seige d. only
two weeks after the first attack
9. The ASociety of [email protected]
a. domination by the Nobility
b. parity between the four social classes
c. Tax exemption for the third estate
d. none of the above
10. Which of the following is true of Hernán Cortez?
a. he believed he was a divinity and demanded worship from his
soldiers b. he was afraid of horses c. his goal was to become
Emperor of Mexico d. he was illiterate e. none of the above 11. What fourteenth century peasant revolt in France represented
reaction against the power of landlords?
a. Jacquerie b. Compi Revolt
c. Revolt of Paris d. The Peasants' War
12. Which of the following were not introduced into Europe through