Hear Ye, Hear Ye! A Medieval Science Quiz
Did anything vaguely scientific happen in the Middle Ages? Take this quiz to learn how we got through a dark period of history while trying to figure out how the sun was revolving around us, anyway.
Why do historians think that the folks in the Middle Ages got a bad rap for being uninterested in science and learning?
- Nobody invented anything.
- Journals from medieval times reveal they were afraid of science.
- Leaders of the Enlightenment era were dismissive of the fundamental discoveries that took place in medieval times.
What equine invention was NOT invented during medieval times?
- horse collar
What everyday object was first invented in the medieval period?
- the broom
- the clock
- the dustpan
What was a broad role of science in medieval culture?
- to treat illness or injury
- to oppress women
- to understand God's works
What great medieval scientist was NOT a Catholic bishop?
- Albert the Great (aka Albertus Magnus)
- Nicholas Oresme
- Thomas Aquinas
What medieval thinker was the first to write down a recipe for gunpowder?
- William of Ockham
- Avenzoar (aka Ibn Zuhr)
- Roger Bacon
While we usually think of Europe when we talk about medieval times, what Islamic norm was first introduced to the rest of the world in the Middle Ages?
- the Dewey Decimal system
- the scientific method
- Arabic numeral system
What source of learning was introduced in the Middle Ages?
What crop rotation system was used during the Middle Ages?
- Nobody farmed in medieval times.
- the Wheat Matrix
- three-field system
What medieval farming invention was a lifesaver for those trying to grow crops in dense, clay soils?
- sprinkler systems
- the heavy plow
Avenzoar was a Muslim physician. What procedure did he first perform experimentally?
- appendix removal
- hand amputation
Avenzoar wasn't the only trailblazing physician in the Middle Ages. What did Muslim surgeon Al-Zahrawi bring to the surgery table?
What invention -- somewhat surprisingly -- came after the invention of the mechanical clock?
- the hourglass
- the sundial
- the water clock
People in the Middle Ages loved their iron. What was NOT a medieval invention to make iron production much easier?
- blast furnace
- water wheel
Readers can thank the Middle Ages for this invention:
What medieval creation changed the history of art?
- oil paint
What famous razor was first invented in the Middle Ages?
- the safety blade
- the straight blade
Let's be fair: There was some science in the medieval ages that was straight-up bunk. What was one reason some in the Middle Ages pursued the field of alchemy?
- They wanted to get fabulously wealthy by learning to turn lead into gold.
- They wanted to live forever.
The plague brought us what restrictive medical practice?
Middle-schoolers have no reason to thank Middle-Agers. What medieval discovery haunts their days?
- coed mixers
- gym class