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 served as symbols of power.
Castles were places where knights would keep their best horses.
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 details all of the purposes that English castles served.
It describes how and why William the Conqueror took control of England.
Which best explains why the original castles were first made from earth and timber?
Wooden castles were prettier than dirty stone castles.
It did not occur to people to build castles out of stone.
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.
Which statement is FALSE according to the text?
Fortresses are designed for fortification, not luxury.
Palaces are designed for luxury, not fortification.
Castles are designed for luxury and fortification.
Palaces 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.
Stone castles stay cooler in the summer.
Wooden castles take a long time to build.
Wooden castles are uncomfortable.
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?
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
Windows and entrances raised off of the ground floor
Deep ditches dug around the castle walls filled with water and waste
Towers attached to the main castle by wooden bridges
Which best explains how gunpowder ended the role of 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.
Artillery forts with large cannons became more stylish than traditional castles.
Wars were fought with guns and hiding in castles was no longer necessary.
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?
It is unfortunate that castles no longer serve their original purposes.
Stone is more resistant to fire than wood.
Castles were used as offices of administration during the Middle Ages.
William the Conqueror built the first castles in England.
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer.