Ch 33: HiSET: The Early Middle Ages

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This chapter uses engaging video lessons and short self-assessments to help you study the Early Middle Ages topics you might encounter on the HiSET Social Studies test. Be sure to reach out to our instructors if you need any additional study support.

HiSET: The Early Middle Ages - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the Early Middle Ages topics that could appear on your Social Studies HiSET exam. Quick, entertaining video lessons make studying interesting and fun. Lesson subjects cover:

  • Feudalism and the concept of divine right to rule
  • Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire
  • Monasticism and Carolingian culture
  • The history of the Vikings
  • The decline of the Byzantine Empire

Video transcripts make it easy to track down key terms, and lesson quizzes let you assess your comprehension of the material. The flexible format of these videos allows you to watch lessons from any location or on the go using your mobile device.

Objectives of the HiSET: The Early Middle Ages Chapter

History questions account for 38% of your HiSET Social Studies score, and this chapter prepares you for the Early Middle Ages history topics you can expect to encounter. Other content domains are civics and government, which accounts for 38% of your score; economics, which accounts for 18%; and geography, which accounts for 6%.

The HiSET Social Studies test is seventy minutes long and includes fifty multiple-choice questions. The lesson quizzes in this chapter are also formatted in multiple-choice style so you can practice answering HiSET-style questions before taking the real thing.

7 Lessons in Chapter 33: HiSET: The Early Middle Ages
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Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

1. Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

This lesson explains the rule of Charlemagne and his control over the Holy Roman Empire. It highlights his many military conquests and his divine rights as king, while also focusing on the role feudalism played before, during, and after his reign.

Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

2. Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

This lesson will explore the rule of Charlemagne and his exercise of the divine right of kings. It will highlight his reign as Holy Roman Emperor, focusing on his military conquests and his cultural reforms.

Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

3. Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

This lesson will trace the history of Western monasticism from Benedict to Cluny. It will focus on the Benedictine rule while also highlight monastic contributions to society.

History of the Vikings

4. History of the Vikings

This lesson covers the history of the Vikings. We examine the Viking longships and their role in raids. Then we explore the impact these raids had on European history. Next we look at some of the other things the Vikings did besides raiding.

The Technology Behind the Armored Knight

5. The Technology Behind the Armored Knight

This lesson looks at the technology behind the armored knight. We'll follow the development of medieval armor and the development of the saddle. Finally, we'll look at the implications of this expensive form of warfare.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

6. Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

This lesson will explore the impact of feudalism on European society. While explaining the system of feudalism, it will highlight how it offered protection and stability to Europe, specifically after the 5th century fall of Rome.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

7. The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

This lesson will explore the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. It will highlight internal instability and outside invasion as two of the major factors that led to the 1453 fall of Constantinople and the empire.

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