Coat of Arms: Symbols & Meanings


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Which of the following colors was used to represent grief in coats of arms?

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1. Shields that featured a large X or a stripe from the upper right side to the lower left symbolized:

2. In coats of arms, helmets facing forward were a way to show that the person was:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Individuals living in Medieval Europe could learn a great deal about another individual simply by taking note of their coat of arms. This quiz focuses on the meaning of symbolism frequently found on coats of arms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To pass this quiz you will need to apply your knowledge of the symbolism behind:

  • Helmets
  • Shields
  • Colors
  • Animals

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the use of a particular color on a coat of arms and interpret its meaning correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the use of helmets on a coat of arms
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the representation of courage on a coat of arms

Additional Learning

For further insight on the symbolism of coats of arms, see the lesson called Coat of Arms: Symbols & Meaning. This lesson provides a concise history of the importance of a coat of arms, including information on:

  • Symbols depicting social status
  • The popular use of the griffin
  • The use and meaning of plants, such as laurel branches