From The Middle Ages Through The Renaissance: Unit Test

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Historical context helps readers understand a text by providing
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It helps readers understand a text by providing background information
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Read the excerpt from The Canterbury Tales. "But, sirs, it is not courteous of you To speak so roughly to an old man, who Has not offended you by word or deed. It's there in Holy Writ for you to read: "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head Of an old man"β€”and therefore do no harm, I warn you, to an old man while you're young, Any more than you'd like to have it done To you in old age, should you live so long. Now God be with you! I go where I must go." How is the old man is characterized in this excerpt?
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He is characterized as a sage counselor reproving the youth.
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Characterization is the way an author
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An author develops personalities through thoughts, words, and actions.
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Read the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. "But as you are my uncle whom I live to praise And your blood is the sole virtue in my body, And since this affair is so foolish, it does not befit you. I have asked this of you first, and beg you to grant it, And if my request is improper, I ask this great court not to blame me." All the court began whispering And all thought the same: Relieve the crowned King And let Gawain have the game. Which chivalric values does Gawain display in the excerpt? Check all that apply.
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Gawain displays: -loyalty to his king -bravery despite danger -moral integrity
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Read the excerpt from Utopia. If these metals were laid up in any tower in the kingdom it would raise a jealousy of the Prince and Senate, and give birth to that foolish mistrust into which the people are apt to fallβ€”a jealousy of their intending to sacrifice the interest of the public to their own private advantage. If they should work it into vessels, or any sort of plate, they fear that the people might grow too fond of it, and so be unwilling to let the plate be run down, if a war made it necessary, to employ it in paying their soldiers. To prevent all these inconveniences they have fallen upon an expedient which, as it agrees with their other policy, so is it very different from ours, and will scarce gain belief among us who value gold so much, and lay it up so carefully. They eat and drink out of vessels of earth or glass, which make an agreeable appearance, though formed of brittle materials; while they make their chamber-pots and close-stools of gold and silver, and that not only in their public halls but in their private houses. Of the same metals they likewise make chains and fetters for their slaves, to some of which, as a badge of infamy, they hang an earring of gold, and make others wear a chain or a coronet of the same metal . . . What is the central idea of this excerpt?
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The central idea is that gold and silver are not valued in Utopia.
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Utopia reflects the time in which it was written because
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It reflects the time because exploration was important in the 15th century.
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Read the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. When the King and his knights came into the hall, The chanting in the chapel had come to an end And a loud cry went up from the clerics and the others Proclaiming Noel once more, calling out the word again, And then the nobles ran and got the gifts ready . . . What element of medieval court culture is evident in the excerpt?
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The element of medieval court culture that is evident is the important of Christian practices.
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Central idea: People in Utopia care about the common good. Which statement provides a critique of the central idea?
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A critique of the central idea is: Slavery shows that not everyone in Utopia is treated equally.
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Which statements describe the Middle Ages? Check all that apply.
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The statements that describe the Middle Ages are: -It was a period between 500 and 1500 CE -The pope was the leader of the church -The majority of people participated in church activities -A rising middle class was challenging class distinctions
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Which statements describe the Middle Ages? Check all that apply.
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The statements that describe the Middle Ages are: -The Christian Church was a powerful institution -A feudal system of government ruled the land -Men of nobility, such as dukes and barons, controlled areas of land -Knights helped nobles protect their land and their subjects
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Read the excerpt from The Canterbury Tales. Dear brethren, God forgive you your trespass, And keep you from the sin of avarice; My holy pardon here can save you all, And will, so long as you make offerings Of gold and silver coin, spoons, brooches, ringsβ€” Bow down your heads before this holy bull! Come, ladies, make an offering of your wool! I'll put your name down on my prayer-roll, And you shall enter to the bliss of heaven Which statement best describes the satire in the excerpt?
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The statement that best describes satire is: Chaucer criticizes the notion that divine forgiveness depends on giving money
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Read the excerpt from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The men charged in tournaments again and again, Noble knights jousting in high spirits; Then they rode to the court and danced to carols, And the feast went on like that a full fifteen days, With all the food and entertainment anyone could imagine. The laughter and merrymaking were a glory to hear . . . Based on the excerpt, what conclusion can readers draw about the knights?
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The y can draw the conclusion that they celebrate festively.