Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which is NOT a function of castles as expressed in the text?
Castles were important social centers in medieval England.
Castles served both offensive and defensive purposes militarily.
Castles were places where knights would keep their best horses.
Castles served as symbols of power.
Which of the following best describes the main idea in paragraph TWO?
It shows how Norman lords were often scared and frequently retreated.
It explains why castles were first built in England and the military purposes they served.
It describes how and why William the Conqueror took control of England.
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.
It did not occur to people to build castles out of stone.
Wooden castles were prettier than dirty stone castles.
Which statement is FALSE according to the text?
Palaces are designed for luxury, not fortification.
Fortresses are designed for fortification, not luxury.
Palaces are designed for luxury and fortification.
Castles are designed for luxury and fortification.
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 offer better defense.
Stone castles stay cooler in the summer.
Why do you believe this? Explain your argument completely.
Which best describes the structure of the text in the fifth paragraph?
Cause and effect
Order of importance
Compare and contrast
Which is NOT described in the text as an improvement in castle defenses?
Multiple castle walls providing layers of defenses
Towers attached to the main castle by wooden bridges
Windows and entrances raised off of the ground floor
Deep ditches dug around the castle walls filled with water and waste
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?
Fancy Living: Learning about Castles, Palaces, and Fortresses
A Short History of Castles: The Rise and Fall of Castles in England
Defending the Castle: Technologies Used to Protect Medieval Castles
William the Conqueror: Bringing Castles to England
Which of the following is an opinion?
Castles were used as offices of administration during the Middle Ages.
William the Conqueror built the first castles in England.
Stone is more resistant to fire than wood.
It is unfortunate that castles no longer serve their original purposes.
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer.