Medieval Monasteries

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Medieval Monasteries.

1. What was a monastery in the Middle Ages?
a. A store that sold and repaired shoes
b. A place where monks lived and practiced their religion
c. A place that studied science
d. A hospital with doctors and nurses
e. A type of police station where you could hire protection

2. Why were monasteries important to our knowledge of the Middle Ages?
a. Because the books in the cities were all burned by great fires
b. Because only the monks wrote honest records, while the kings made up false history
c. Because they were the only people recording events and history
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

3. What was the title of the person in charge of the monastery?
a. Head priest
b. Lector
c. Chief monk
d. Captain
e. Abbot

4. What was the job of the Cantor?
a. To lead the choir
b. To keep track of the funds
c. To cook the food
d. To take care of the books
e. To oversee the farms

5. True or false: The monks in the typical monastery had no contact with outside world.

6. What did the monks spend most of the day doing?
a. Playing sports and other games
b. Singing and dancing
c. Sleeping and hanging out
d. Practicing hand-to-hand combat
e. Praying, worshiping, and meditating

7. Besides being a place for weary travelers to rest overnight, what other service did the monastery provide to the local community?
a. They fed the poor
b. They provided soldiers for protection
c. They put on shows and theatre
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

8. What was the title of the monk who was second in charge at the monastery?
a. Abbot
b. Sacrist
c. Prior
d. Lector
e. Lieutenant

9. What job did monks have while living at the monastery?
a. Copying manuscripts
b. Washing clothes
c. Farming and cooking food
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

10. Which of the statements below was NOT part of the vows typically took by monks?
a. Vows of poverty
b. Vows to talk a lot
c. Vows of obedience
d. Giving up worldly goods
e. Devoting their lives to God

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