Early Middle Ages in Europe: Definition & Overview


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Which of the following contributed to the Early Middle Ages being known as the 'Dark Ages?'

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1. How were Germanic tribes able to get weapons once they found refuge in the Western Roman Empire?

2. What period in history does the Middle Ages slightly overlap with?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Europe's Early Middle Ages lasted for 500 years after the fall of the Roman Empire. Test your knowledge of this period, including when the Gothic War occurred and how feudalism works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To do well on the quiz, you'll need to know:

  • The period that the Early Middle Ages slightly overlaps with
  • Why the phrase 'dark age' is used to describe the Early Middle Ages
  • When the Gothic War took place
  • The relationship between farmer and lord in feudalism

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about how the Germanic tribes got weapons once they found refuge in the Western Roman Empire
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the Early Middle Ages in Europe to determine why the term 'Dark Age' came into use
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding feudalism and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the Early Middle Ages in Europe

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