Ballista: Definition, History & Facts


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Compare the ballista to traditional weapons. Why was the ballista more effective than other weapons during the Middle Ages?

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1. What did the ballista use as missiles?

2. How did the ballista enable women to contribute to war efforts?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Thanks to the quiz and worksheet, you can find out how familiar you are with the ballista. How the ballista worked and its history are topics on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on:

  • Characteristics of the ballista
  • How the ballista enabled women to contribute to war efforts
  • Why the ballista was more effective than other weapons during the Middle Ages
  • How successful the French were in the Siege of Dover in 1216

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on the ballista
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about what the ballista used as missiles
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about how the ballista enabled women to contribute to war efforts and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You can keep learning by accessing the lesson, Ballista: Definition, History & Facts. This lesson enables you to:

  • Determine who invented the ballista
  • Review ballista parts
  • Figure out when the ballista was used most