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Early Christian Architecture: Examples, History & Characteristics

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Why did early Christians have to meet in secret?

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1. What was the Edict of Milan?

2. Which of these does NOT describe a basilica?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its associated worksheet will help you to check what you know about early Christian churches. Some of the things you'll be quizzed on include why the Roman temple was considered inappropriate for Christian worship and characteristics of early Christian churches.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Interior and exterior characteristics of early Christian churches
  • Ability to identify parts of a church from a photo
  • Why early Christians did not want to hold their services in Roman temples
  • The original purpose of the Roman basilica
  • The name for the original long colonnade with an apse at one end

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on early Christian architecture
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the purposes of early architecture features in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as apse and nave
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about early Christian churches

Additional Learning

To learn more about this type of architecture, review the corresponding lesson on Early Christian Architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the rise of Constantine and Christianity
  • Learn about the adaptation of the basilica
  • Discuss the conversion of Roman baths for baptism
  • Learn about interior and exterior characteristics of early Christian churches
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