The Bubonic Plague: History, Facts & Symptoms


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Where did the bubonic plague of the 14th century originate from?

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1. What caused the infection that led to the bubonic plague?

2. How did the 'Little Ice Age' contribute to the devastation of the plague?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although there have been many plagues throughout history, the plague outbreak most strongly associated with the Middle Ages is the bubonic plague. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the factors contributing to the bubonic plague.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The origins of the bubonic plague
  • Environmental factors that contributed to the devastation of the plague
  • Societal reactions to the plague, including the persecution of specific groups

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the bubonic plague in the 14th century
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about major events in the spread of the bubonic plaue
  • Making connections - correlate contemporary cultural beliefs with societal consequences of the plague
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as the name for the organized massacres against Jewish communities

Additional Learning

To learn more about the history of the bubonic plague and its consequences, review the accompanying lesson called The Bubonic Plague: History, Facts & Symptoms. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains the geography of the spread of the plague
  • Explains how environmental factors contributed to the devastation of the plague
  • Discusses the symptoms of the plague
  • Details the cultural beliefs of 14th century Europeans
  • Explains the social consequences of the bubonic plague