History of Castles in the Middle Ages


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Why were mottes no longer used once castles started to be made out of stone?

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1. The area surrounded by a palisade in a castle, is called the _____, which holds important structures.

2. When did castles start to transition from wood to stone?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

On this quiz and worksheet combination, you will answer test questions on some of the features of the castles that were built in the Middle Ages, the materials that were used, and why those materials were chosen.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions on the quiz include:

  • The name given to the area within the walls of early castles
  • Why stone wasn't used for the first castles
  • When the change took place from wood to stone
  • Why the motte was abandoned

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on medieval castles
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what a crenellation is
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the Middle Ages to explain when and infer why castles transitioned from wood to stone structures

Additional Learning

Examine the lesson titled History of Castles in the Middle Ages for additional study. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Discuss why castles were built and who built them
  • Explain what a keep is
  • Describe some of the barriers that protected castles from invaders