Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which is NOT a function of castles as expressed in the text?
Castles served as symbols of power.
Castles were places where knights would keep their best horses.
Castles served both offensive and defensive purposes militarily.
Castles were important social centers in medieval England.
Which of the following best describes the main idea in paragraph TWO?
It describes how and why William the Conqueror took control of England.
It explains why castles were first built in England and the military purposes they served.
It shows how Norman lords were often scared and frequently retreated.
It details all of the purposes that English castles served.
Which best explains why the original castles were first made from earth and timber?
It takes a lot more time and energy to build a stone castle.
People did not realize how weak wooden castles would be against fire.
Wooden castles were prettier than dirty stone castles.
It did not occur to people to build castles out of stone.
Which statement is FALSE according to the text?
Castles are designed for luxury and fortification.
Palaces are designed for luxury and fortification.
Palaces are designed for luxury, not fortification.
Fortresses are designed for fortification, not luxury.
Why do you believe this? Use the text in your response.
Which best explains why wooden castles were converted to stone castles.
Wooden castles take a long time to build.
Wooden castles are uncomfortable.
Stone castles stay cooler in the summer.
Stone castles offer better defense.
Why do you believe this? Explain your argument completely.
Which best describes the structure of the text in the fifth paragraph?
Compare and contrast
Cause and effect
Order of importance
Which is NOT described in the text as an improvement in castle defenses?
Deep ditches dug around the castle walls filled with water and waste
Windows and entrances raised off of the ground floor
Towers attached to the main castle by wooden bridges
Multiple castle walls providing layers of defenses
Which best explains how gunpowder ended the role of traditional castles?
Wars were fought with guns and hiding in castles was no longer necessary.
Artillery forts with large cannons became more stylish than traditional castles.
Cannons were able to knock down stone walls, so castles offered little protection.
Defending castles grew difficult, since attackers could just shoot castle defenders.
Why do you think this? Use the text in your response.
Which title would best describe the content of this passage?
William the Conqueror: Bringing Castles to England
A Short History of Castles: The Rise and Fall of Castles in England
Fancy Living: Learning about Castles, Palaces, and Fortresses
Defending the Castle: Technologies Used to Protect Medieval Castles
Which of the following is an opinion?
Castles were used as offices of administration during the Middle Ages.
It is unfortunate that castles no longer serve their original purposes.
Stone is more resistant to fire than wood.
William the Conqueror built the first castles in England.
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer.