Ch 17: MTTC History: Government & Culture in the Middle Ages

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Let us teach you all about government and culture in the Middle Ages. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you different approaches to learn the material so you can be prepared for these questions on the MTTC History Exam.

MTTC History: Government and Culture in the Middle Ages

Use the lessons in this chapter to review the political, economic and social aspects of the Middle Ages. The lessons emphasize the important points and supporting passages to prepare you to take the MTTC History Exam. The videos cover the following topics:

  • Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire
  • The role of feudal ties and manors
  • The armored knight
  • Universities and how monarchies were displaced
  • The Medieval Warm Period and agriculture of the day
  • The return of towns and commerce
  • Peasant revolts in the 14th century
  • Gothic architecture and paintings
  • Gothic sculpture and stained glass windows
  • The birth of the modern nation-state

Our expert instructors help you understand each detail of the period using entertaining animations and illustrations to make learning fun. Lesson transcripts are available with each video, and you can find self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam that test your knowledge of the material before you take the exam.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Government and Culture in the Middle Ages Chapter

The MTTC History exam evaluates your understanding of all the important events that occurred in American and world history. A passing grade, which is 220, is necessary to be eligible for teacher licensure in the state of Michigan. The topics in the Government and Culture in the Middle Ages chapter fall within the world history portion of the test, which covers about 33% of the questions on the exam. If you take the self-assessment quizzes, you will get a feel for the type of questions that will appear on the actual exam.

There are 100 questions on the test, and all of them are multiple-choice. This means you will be asked to read a passage or statement and a corresponding question then choose a correct answer from several possible choices.

11 Lessons in Chapter 17: MTTC History: Government & Culture in the 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.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

2. 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 Technology Behind the Armored Knight

3. 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.

The Rise of Universities and Displacement of Monasteries

4. The Rise of Universities and Displacement of Monasteries

Before the Middle Ages, education was the responsibility of the Church. As the need for education spread to those who were not clergy, monasteries could no longer meet the needs of education. This lesson explores the decline of monastic education and the rise of the university.

The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

5. The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

In this lesson, we explore the factors that brought about Europe's Medieval Agricultural Revolution. We look at the climate of Europe and the key agricultural technologies and techniques that revolutionized agriculture: the heavy plow, the horse collar & the three field crop rotation system.

The Reemergence of Towns and Commerce

6. The Reemergence of Towns and Commerce

This lesson explores the urban revolution of the 12th century. We will examine the causes, especially the resurgence of trade, and then look at the various factors that made the revolution possible. Finally, we will discuss the impact of this revolution on Medieval Europe.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

7. Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

Fourteenth-century Europe saw several peasant revolts. This lesson looks at the economic and political conditions that led to these uprisings and names two of the most well-known.

Gothic Architecture: Style, Characteristics & History

8. Gothic Architecture: Style, Characteristics & History

This lesson covers the three main features of Gothic architecture: the pointed arch, the rib vault and the flying buttress. We then look at a slideshow of examples of the Gothic style around Europe.

Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style

9. Gothic Sculpture and Stained Glass Windows: Characteristics & Style

In this lesson, we cover the development of Gothic architectural decoration, specifically decorative sculpture and stained glass windows. You'll learn about Gothic use of stained glass and the evolution of sculpture from Romanesque decoration to Gothic statues.

Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics

10. Gothic Painting: Style & Characteristics

This lesson follows the development of two trends in Gothic painting: realism and perspective. We explore the origins of these movements in Italian Gothic masters, like Duccio, Giotto and the Lorenzetti Brothers, and their later expression in Northern European illuminations.

The Formation of Modern Nation States

11. The Formation of Modern Nation States

This lesson explains the formation of the modern nation-states. It will highlight how the decline of feudalism, as well as the decline in church power, helped bring about the modern nation-state. It will also feature several monarchs who ruled during these times.

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