The Role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe


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1. Which style of architecture was most often used for cathedrals in the Middle Ages?

2. Who would often ask monks to pray for their sins, and pay for it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Following the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the Catholic Church became the dominant power throughout Europe. The Church was able to maintain its strength for a thousand years through various means. In this quiz and worksheet combination, you will be asked about different facets of the Catholic Church during the medieval era.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • An early university
  • The term for a bishop's home church
  • The predominant architectural style of medieval cathedrals
  • Who theorized about natural law

Skills Practiced

Be prepared to utilize your study skills, including:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the role of the Catholic Church in medieval Europe
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who paid the monks to pray for their sins
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the architectural style of most churches built during the Middle Ages

Additional Learning

The associated lesson, The Role of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe, will help further your understanding of this subject. This lesson will focus on the following objectives:

  • Understand the climate of the Catholic Church following the fall of the Roman Empire
  • Identify the approach the Church used to help shape medieval European culture
  • Analyze the role of monasteries in the Church's intellectual pursuits during this era
  • Review the development of universities and the pursuit of knowledge
  • Learn how the Church grew in wealth and power
  • Detail the new emphasis put on architecture during the medieval period