UKUK USUSIndiaIndia
Fun Learning and Revision for KS1, KS2, 11-Plus, KS3 and GCSE
Join Us
Medieval Castles 01
Castles were symbols of authority not only for the king, but also for barons.

Medieval Castles 01

This KS3 History quiz challenges you about medieval castles. Although castles existed before the medieval period, they were just fortified villages surrounded by a wooden palisade (large strong fence) and one or more ditches. After the Norman invasion of 1066, a new phase of castle building took place. Instead of housing ordinary people, castles were built to house the Norman soldiers and nobles. They showed off the power of the invaders, provided a safe place for Norman soldiers to live and reminded the British people that they had been invaded and had better watch out should they decide to rebel!

The first castles built by the Normans were of a relatively simple motte and bailey design. A motte is a tall mound of earth and stones with steep sides. A fairly simple but strong wooden structure was built on the top of the motte. The bailey was the surrounding area usually protected by a ditch and palisade. A motte and bailey castle could be constructed in less than 3 months by a team of 50 soldiers.

Did you know...

You can play all the teacher-written quizzes on our site for just £9.95 per month. Click the button to sign up or read more.

Sign up here
1.
Castles were first built in England after which event?
Julius Caesar's invasion
The Battle of Agincourt
The Norman Conquest
The Spanish Armada
The Normans came from France where they used castles to protect themselves from invaders from further north like the Vikings
2.
Which King had the first castles built?
Harold II
Stephen
William I
William II
He was also known as William the Conqueror
3.
William was worried about attacks by which people?
Huns
Jutes
Saxons
Vikings
He had defeated the Saxons at the Battle of Hastings
4.
What were the earliest castles made of?
Brick
Concrete
Earth and wood
Sand and pebbles
Using these made it possible to build a castle in just a few weeks
5.
A wooden fort built on top of a mound was called a .......
Mite
Moat
Motte
Mount
It protected the most important people
6.
The enclosed area around the motte was the .......
Bailey
Bailiff
Bailrigg
Bewley
People often lived within the bailey
7.
What usually protected a motte and bailey castle?
A high hedge
A line of trees
A wooden fence
Electric fences
A wooden bridge or ladder linked the motte to the bailey
8.
The wooden fence had what special name?
Balustrade
Palisade
Palister
Palladio
A palisade is a simple fence built from stakes of wood hammered into the ground and often sharpened at the top
9.
As well as the king, castles were symbols of authority for whom?
Barons
Lord Mayors
Priests
Schoolteachers
By 1070 about 400 had been built
10.
What was an advantage of motte and bailey castles?
The wood rotted fairly quickly
They did not last for very long
They were cheap and quick to build
They were easily set on fire
It was reported that the motte and bailey castle at Dover was built in just eight days
Author:  Jan Crompton

© Copyright 2016-2018 - Education Quizzes
TJS - Web Design Lincolnshire

Valid HTML5

We use cookies to make your experience of our website better.

To comply with the new e-Privacy directive, we need to ask for your consent - I agree - No thanks - Find out more