The Italian Wars and Weakening of Papal Authority


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How did the political structure of Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries allow for the Italian Wars?

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1. Why was the defeat of the Holy League by France significant?

2. Why did Spain and France want to prevent the other from acquiring a majority of Italian lands?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What did the Papacy control when the Italian Wars began, and who controlled Italy when they ended? Answer this and other questions about the Italian Wars in the 16th century to check your knowledge.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions on the following:

  • When the Italian Wars occurred
  • Spanish hero of the First Italian War
  • Who Spain defeated

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the Italian Wars in the 16th century
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Spain's actions during the Italian Wars
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about power shifts throughout the wars

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson, The Italian Wars and Weakening of Papal Authority, covers these conflicts in greater detail. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the causes and characteristics of the Italian Wars
  • Understand the impact of the First and Second Italian Wars
  • Recognize the impact of the Holy League and the League of Cambrai
  • Understand how the Four Years' War affected the region
  • Identify the effects of the Wars' conclusion