HIST 303-010, Europe in the Middle Ages
Spring 2010, Dr. Guthrie
Three tests (in addition to the map quiz) will be given during the course of the semester. Their dates are as follows:
First Test (Friday, February 26)
Second Test (Friday, March 26)
Third Test (Friday, May 7, 3:00-5:30 pm)
The first two tests will contain 50 questions drawn from the lectures and your assigned reading in the textbook. All
questions will be either fill-in-the-blank or short answer worth 2 points each. Questions from the textbook will be based on
the list of terms that will be provided to you. These two tests will be worth 30% of your grade each. The third test will also
include 50 fill-in-the-blank or short answer questions drawn from the lectures and your assigned reading in the textbook.
Questions on this test will be worth 1 point, for a grand total of 50 points. This test will also include two essay questions
on the book, Montaillou: The Promised Land of Error. Students will select one of the two questions to answer on the test.
The two questions will be drawn from a list of potential questions that will be provided to you. The essay question is worth
50 points. The third test is worth 35% of your total grade. Every student must take all three tests, lowest scores will not
Sample Questions and Responses
1. How did Charlemagne stabilize his conquest of Saxony?
he built fortresses in the region and garrisoned them with his troops
he brought in Frankish counts and gave them Saxon land
he moved large numbers of Saxons into France and replaced them in Saxony with Frankish colonists
he sometimes simply murdered rebellious Saxons
2. One of the most dramatic responses to the Black Death was the formation of a new religious sect known as the
_flagellants_______. These people trudged the roads of Europe, chanting and beating themselves and one another with
barbed whips. As they performed their bizarre rituals, they begged God for mercy and sung chants.
3. Charlemagne’s attempted invasion of Spain in 778 failed when his army became embroiled in a long, brutal conflict with
an obscure Christian mountain tribe known as the Basques. In fact, a Basque ambush of the rear guard of
Charlemagne’s army provided the inspiration for one of the great epic poems of the Middle Ages, The Song of Roand__.
The anonymous author of this poem transformed the Christian Basques into Moslems and made this minor skirmish a
heroic struggle between Islam and Christianity.
Sample Textbook Questions and Responses
1. ____Lothar______, the eldest son of Louis the Pious, inherited the prestigious imperial title of Holy Roman Emperor but
retained practical authority over only a third of the old Carolingian Empire—a “Middle Kingdom” that embraced Rome as
well as Aachen, stretching in a long swath from the center of the Italian peninsula to the North Sea. This kingdom would
dissolve after his death in 855.(p. 121)
2. ______Petrarch______ was the father of humanist education—an education that sought through the study of classical
languages and literature, history, and the arts to mold young boys into worldly men who would be both good Christians
and good citizens. He also was determined to return to the purity of Ciceronian Latin and, to achieve this, he rummaged
around in monastic libraries where he found many “lost” classical Latin texts and adopted their style. (p. 370)
3. What was the “political mind set” that Byzantium inherited from Rome? (p. 70)
One that emphasized defense and self-preservation