What Is a Coat of Arms?


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On a shield, the sinister is the:

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1. At first, heraldry was a way for people to determine:

2. Which of the following colors was not very common when heraldry first got its start?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Coats of arms served as methods of identification in Medieval Europe. Coat of arms symbolism and heraldry are the main topics you'll be tested on in these assessments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz asks you to:

  • Explain what the sinister is on a shield
  • Describe the original purpose of heraldry
  • Point out an uncommon color for early heraldry symbols
  • Tell why knights and warriors had surcoats

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about lion symbolism in Medieval Europe
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you pull the most important information from the coat of arms lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about heraldry and properly interpret it

Additional Learning

The lesson entitled What Is a Coat of Arms? contains more information on this subject. This lesson covers:

  • Parts of a coat of arms
  • Meanings of heraldry symbols
  • How coats of arms changed during the Decadence