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Ch 38: HiSET: The Reformation in Europe

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Use this chapter to review the Reformation period information you need to know for the HiSET Social Studies exam. Video lessons are short and informative, and each offers a self-assessment to let you gauge your comprehension of the material.

HiSET: The Reformation in Europe - Chapter Summary

The engaging, quick video lessons in this chapter provide a great tool for studying the European Reformation information you can expect to find on the HiSET Social Studies test. Chapter lessons cover:

  • The decline of the Latin language
  • Martin Luther and his 95 Theses
  • Religious reforms across Europe
  • Important leaders during the European Reformation
  • The Council of Trent and impact on the Catholic Church
  • Post-reformation culture and society

Each lesson includes a multiple-choice quiz to let you assess your understanding of the facts. If you have any questions as you work through the material, you can reach out to our instructors for support.

Objectives of the HiSET: The Reformation in Europe Chapter

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam available in several states. The HiSET Social Studies is one of five subtests on the exam. Questions about history account for 38% of your HiSET Social Studies score. Use this chapter to study European Reformation history and prepare for the exam. The test itself is seventy minutes long and includes fifty questions.

The multiple-choice self-assessments in this chapter are modeled after the format of the questions on the HiSET Social Studies test. Use them to pinpoint where additional study is needed and practice answering HiSET-style questions before it's time to take your exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 38: HiSET: The Reformation in Europe
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The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

1. The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

This lesson explains how Latin was widespread in Europe during the Roman Empire as well as how vernacular languages slowly replaced it. It also reviews how the Romance languages developed.

The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

2. The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

In 1500 C.E. the Roman Catholic Church was a very powerful institution in the West. Watch this video to learn how the Church maintained its power by teaching that salvation could only be earned by those who received the sacraments and performed good works.

Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

3. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation. It begins by comparing the vast array and peacefulness of Christian denominations in modern days to the limited choices and violence of the past. Then it goes into the story of Martin Luther, from his 95 Theses through the Diet of Worms up to the beginning of the German Peasant Revolt.

Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

4. Art in the Protestant Reformation: Albrecht Durer & Northern European Artists

The Protestant Reformation introduced some pretty substantial changes into European society. In this lesson, we'll be talking about some of the impacts it had on the art of Northern Europe.

The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

5. The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

In the 16th century, Martin Luther inspired people to believe that the Catholic Church shouldn't hold authority over laypeople. This lesson explores the spread of these Protestant ideas throughout Europe.

The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

6. The Reformation's Impact on Germany: The Peasant Wars

The Reformation was a time when Christianity was split into Catholicism and Protestantism. This lesson explores the major changes brought about by the Reformation in Germany in the 16th century.

Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin & Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation

7. Religious Reform in Switzerland: Calvin & Zwingli's Teachings in the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation resulted in many people splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the effect of the Reformation in Switzerland under the leadership of Zwingli and Calvin.

The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots

8. The French Wars of Religion: Catholics vs. the Huguenots

The Protestant Reformation was so popular and controversial in Europe that it sometimes led to war. This lesson explores the violent effect of the Reformation in France as war erupted between the Catholics and the Protestants.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Facts and History

9. The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Facts and History

There's an old rhyme to help you remember Henry VIII's wives: 'divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.' Follow along as this lesson covers King Henry VIII's quest to produce a male heir and the acts of succession that followed.

Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

10. Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

This lesson covers the various steps Henry VIII took in breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church. You'll learn how Henry managed to get what he wanted by going through legal means and playing off of others who also had problems with the Church.

Mercenaries and the Sack of Rome

11. Mercenaries and the Sack of Rome

Politics led Charles de Bourbon, a rich French Duke, to flee his country to fight for his cousin, the Holy Roman Emperor. This lesson explains how financing and the use of mercenaries by Bourbon led to the sack of Rome in 1527.

Ivan the Terrible and the Making of Russia

12. Ivan the Terrible and the Making of Russia

Ivan the Terrible was a great but violent leader. Despite his intelligence, he was prone to violent outbursts. This lesson explores his life and the effects of his reign on Russia.

The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

13. The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation was a movement of Christians who disagreed with some of the teachings and actions of the Catholic Church. This article explores the effect of the Reformation on the Church.

Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

14. Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

The Protestant Reformation was a huge movement that led to many Christians splitting from the Catholic Church. This lesson explores the after effects on families, education and social life.

The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

15. The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation challenged the beliefs of the Catholic Church. This lesson explores some of the differing beliefs among Protestant and Catholic reformers.

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