The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin


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Latin would prove to be a useful, albeit temporary, tool in holding Western Europe together as a cultural entity.

Based on this quote, what role does language serve?

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1. Why did intellectuals continue to use Latin even after the rise of vernacular languages?

2. What do French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian have in common?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of translating the Bible from Latin to the vernacular. Topics you will be assessed on include the definition of the term 'vernacular' as well as the effect printing presses had on the Roman Catholic Church.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Reasons why the Roman Catholic Church continued using Latin after the fall of the Roman Empire
  • Commonalities among the following Reformations: German, Dutch, French, and English
  • Description of the term 'vernacular'
  • Printing presses and the Roman Catholic Church
  • Examples of vernacular Bibles

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on translating the Bible from Latin to the vernacular
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding why the Roman Catholic Church probably continued using Latin
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the meaning of vernacular

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Bible, review the accompanying lesson called The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the meaning of the term 'vernacular'
  • Understand the impact the printing press had on the Roman Catholic Church
  • Relate the spread of the vernacular's role in the evolution of the Church