The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture


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After the collapse of the Roman Empire, why did some branches of Western culture die off?

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1. After the acceptance of Christianity as a legitimate religion, how did the Church alter Western culture?

2. What advantage did Romans have that Europeans in the Dark Ages didn't?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you evaluate your understanding of the loss of Classical culture in the Dark Ages. You will be quizzed on the characteristics of the Dark Ages and related historical information.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Why some aspects of Western culture subsided after the Roman Empire fell
  • How the Church modified Western culture after the rise of Christianity
  • The culture of early Romans compared to Europeans in the Dark Ages
  • How the loss of Classical culture affected Europe
  • The preservation of the Classical culture of Europe during the Dark Ages

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what happened to Western culture after the Roman Empire collapsed, and who preserved the Classical culture of Europe
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the essential information from the related lesson on the loss of Classical culture in the Dark Ages, including how the Church changed the existing culture, and how the loss of Classical culture impacted Europe
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the culture of early Romans and Europeans in the Dark Ages

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Dark Ages, review the accompanying lesson called The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Examine the differing cultures of Rome and the Dark Ages in Europe
  • Understand why aspects of Classical culture died during the Dark Ages
  • Understand the impact of a unified language
  • Explain what happened if someone tried to study a non-Christian philosophy
  • Know why the study of medicine declined