Tudors - Everyday Life
The bread of poor Tudors was made from acorns.

Tudors - Everyday Life

Tudor England is a significant part of KS2 history and this is the last of three quizzes on the subject. Specifically it looks at what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the Tudor era.

The Tudor period is thought of as the beginning of the modern age. Many things associated with the Middle Ages, like the wealth of monasteries and feudalism, came to an end under the Tudors. But what was everyday life like for the ordinary people living in Tudor England? The Tudors had many new inventions that meant life was becoming a little better than it had been in medieval times. But it could still be hard - especially for the poor. Almost everything had to be done by hand at home and so housewives were very busy people!

Take this quiz and find out how much you know about everyday life for the ordinary people of Tudor England.

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  1. What was the name of the tight fitting jacket worn by wealthy Tudor men?
    The doublet evolved from the padded clothes worn under armour
  2. What type of houses did most Tudors have?
    Timber framed buildings were much cheaper to construct than brick or stone ones
  3. What was the fastest growing town in Tudor England?
    The population of London rose from about 50,000 in 1530 to about 225,000 in 1605
  4. What type of schools replaced the monastery schools?
    The monasteries were dissolved by Henry VIII
  5. What was the bread of poor people made from?
    Acorns were in plentiful supply and were free. They needed a lot of work to make them edible though
  6. What was the name of the collar worn by wealthy Tudor men and women?
    Ruffs went out of fashion in the 1600s
  7. What did rich people drink?
    Poor people drank ale rather than wine
  8. What did the Tudors do when there was a fire in a town?
    There was no fire brigade during Tudor times
  9. What did poor people put on the floor of their houses?
    Underneath the straw was beaten earth
  10. Which of these was NOT used by Tudors?
    Although forks had been invented, they were not popular in England until the 18th Century

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