The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire


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How did the Byzantine Empire secure its prosperity and military power early in its history?

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1. How did the Byzantine nobility contribute to the decline of the Byzantine Empire?

2. How did Venetian merchants contribute to the internal instability of the empire?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There wasn't one single reason for the fall of the Byzantine Empire, and this quiz and worksheet combination will help you gauge your understanding of the various internal and external problems they faced. You will be tested on key issues that led to the Empire's eventual collapse.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to test your knowledge of the following:

  • The role of the Crusades
  • Battles that contributed to the fall of the Empire
  • The culminating event that led to the end of the Byzantine Empire

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the corresponding lesson on the Byzantine Empire's decline
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the failure of the Byzantine Empire
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about the forces the Empire faced that slowly dismantled their power structure

Additional Learning

To learn more about the fall of the Byzantine Empire, take a look at the related lesson called The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Learn the ways in which the internal power struggles brought instability to the Empire
  • Examine the threats of outside forces, including military and economic confrontations
  • Understand that it was a series of events over many years that led to the ultimate collapse of the Byzantine Empire