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Ch 31: HiSET: The Dark Ages

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The short and entertaining video lessons in this chapter explain the Dark Ages facts and concepts you might encounter on the HiSET Social Studies test. Quick multiple-choice quizzes after each lesson help you practice for the exam.

HiSET: The Dark Ages - Chapter Summary

These video lessons provide a fun and accessible way to study for the HiSET Social Studies test. Videos explain the history of the Dark Ages and cover the topics from that period that might show up on the exam. Lesson topics include:

  • Germanic tribes and the invasion of Rome
  • The Golden Age in Ireland
  • Arianism, Iconoclasm and conflict in the church
  • Islamic history and the Five Pillars of the faith
  • Relationships between Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • Economic challenges in the Dark Ages

A quiz after each lesson gauges your comprehension of the facts and concepts. If you need additional study support, submit a question to our instructors for help.

Objectives of the HiSET: The Dark Ages Chapter

This chapter covers the history of the Dark Ages to help you prepare for the HiSET Social Studies test, a seventy-minute exam of fifty questions covering four content domains. History, where Dark Ages questions are covered, accounts for 38% of your score. Civics and government accounts for another 38%, economics for 18%, and geography for 6%.

HiSET questions are styled in a multiple-choice format. The lesson quizzes in this chapter mimic this format so you can get acclimated to answering HiSET questions before taking the test itself.

9 Lessons in Chapter 31: HiSET: The Dark Ages
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The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

1. The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

This lesson explores the loss of classical culture during the Dark Ages. We compare the life of a medieval peasant to that of a Roman pleb. We then examine the causes of this decline, as well as its repercussions.

Germanic Tribes: Invasion in Rome

2. Germanic Tribes: Invasion in Rome

As the Roman Empire became bigger and bigger, tribes from Germany began to invade various areas. Eventually the continuous attacks led to the break-up of the Empire. This lesson explores a few of the more dominant tribes.

Insular Art: Ireland's Golden Age

3. Insular Art: Ireland's Golden Age

This lesson covers the Insular Art of Ireland's Golden Age. It examines the unique cultural and religious factors that made Ireland the religious and cultural leader of Northern Europe. It then examines the roots of Insular art in the interlacing bands of Anglo-Saxon metalwork. Finally, we explore how those bands found their way onto stone crosses and manuscript illuminations.

Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

4. Heirs of Rome: The Church and the Byzantines

The Roman Empire covered a vast area, and when it fell, its people were in danger of losing their civilization. This lesson explores some of the things that remained as the Empire fell, as well as how they affected Roman citizens.

Early Church Conflicts: Arianism and Iconoclasm

5. Early Church Conflicts: Arianism and Iconoclasm

This lesson explores two conflicts that occurred in the early church: Arian Christianity, which taught a taboo belief regarding the Holy Trinity, and iconoclasm, which was the destruction of religious images.

Roman Economy in the Dark Ages

6. Roman Economy in the Dark Ages

This lesson explores the Roman Empire's economy from its beginnings as a farming culture to its expansion into trade and finally its deterioration after invasion from surrounding tribes.

People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam

7. People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam

The religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are often seen as competing doctrines and faiths by observers and adherents. Yet, a summary investigation of their doctrines illustrates they have much in common. This lesson will examine these similarities in greater detail.

Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

8. Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258 CE) oversaw the Golden Age of Islam. Learn about the accomplishments of Muslim scholars in art, literature, science, medicine and mathematics during this time.

Frankish History: Clovis and the Merovingians

9. Frankish History: Clovis and the Merovingians

This lesson will focus on Clovis and the rise and fall of the Merovingian Dynasty. It will highlight his unification of the Franks, his conversion to Catholicism, and the cultural advancements of the dynasty's rule.

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