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Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will explore how life changed for the survivors of the Black Death and how some peasants benefited from it.


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5 Questions

In what direction did the Black Death spread across the globe?
Correct answer: From East to West
From South to North
From West to East
How did people in Walsham-le-Willows believe God was connected to the Black Death?
Correct answer: That God had sent the Black Death as punishment for their sins.
They believed the Black Death was spread through poisonous air.
They thought God created the Black Death to reduce the amount of people on Earth.
Why did the Church gain more power as the Black Death spread? (Tick two)
Correct answer: Medieval people donated to the church so that they would be blessed by God.
Correct answer: People attended the church more regularly to pray to God for forgiveness.
People did not think that the disease would spread within the church.
The Church had scientific knowledge of how to stop the disease.
What is the definition miasma?
Miasma is the work given when people confess their sins.
That the Black Death spreads by people touching one another.
Correct answer: The belief that the Black Death spreads through poisonous air.
Why did hardly anyone attend Mansur Shucford's funeral?
He had been a nasty member of the village who charge people lots of money for rent.
He had been a visitor from an infected village.
Correct answer: It was rumored that he had been a victim of the Black Death.

5 Questions

Which group in the Feudal System seemed to benefit the most from the Black Death?
Correct answer: Peasants
What percentage of Walsham is estimated to have survived the Black Death?
Correct answer: 30% - 50%
50% - 70%
If a peasant inherited land what could they stop doing? (Choose one)
Farming the land.
Correct answer: Giving the profit from their hard work straight to the nobility.
Going to church.
Paying rent.
What problems did the Black Death cause the nobility? (Choose three)
Correct answer: As the amount of people decreased, the nobles could not collect as many taxes.
Correct answer: The amount of people to farm the land decreased.
Correct answer: The nobility had to increase wages so they could keep peasants working for them.
There were less peasants for the nobility to look after.
With fewer peasants in the village, levels of crime decreased.
How did the Ordinance of Labourers affect peasants?
Gave more power to the peasants because of their hard labour.
Gave more power to the peasants because they owned more land.
Restricted the amount of power that peasants had by increasing food prices.
Correct answer: Restricted the amount of power that peasants had by limiting their wages.

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UnitHistory / How far did the Black Death change the medieval World?