Mendicants: St. Francis and Church Reforms


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Who was responsible for founding the Franciscans?

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1. Why was Dominic Guzman particularly interested in preaching to the Cathars?

2. Which pope formally recognized the Franciscans as an order?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mendicant orders were formed by monks during the High Middle Ages, during the 11th through 13th centuries. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge on these orders. The quiz questions will test you on the foundation of these orders and their individual focuses.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The foundation and focus of the Franciscans
  • The Pope who recognized the Franciscans
  • The foundation and focus of the Dominicans

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on the Franciscan and Dominican monks from the related lesson on the mendicant orders
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the focuses of both the Franciscan and Dominican orders
  • Distinguishing differences - distinguish between the Franciscan and Dominican mendicant orders
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the mendicant orders

Additional Learning

To learn more about the mendicant orders, review the lesson called Mendicants: St. Francis and Church Reforms. It covers the following learning objectives:

  • Explain the events that led up to the foundation of the mendicant orders
  • Describe the founding of the Franciscan order
  • Describe the founding of the Dominican order
  • Identify the purpose of each of these orders