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The Peasants' Revolt 01
Two weeks holiday a year guaranteed was not a feature of the Statute of Labourers.

The Peasants' Revolt 01

Test your History skills in this KS3 quiz on the Peasants' Revolt. The Peasants' Revolt is also sometimes known as Wat Tyler's Rebellion. He didn't organise it but became the leader during the troubles. He probably wished that he hadn't, as he was killed during the negotiations with the Lord Mayor of London and the King. The Peasants' Revolt was not only the most extreme and widespread insurrection in English history but also the best-documented popular rebellion ever to have occurred during medieval times.

There were several causes of the Revolt. Europe had suffered the Black Death and about a third of the population had been wiped out. There was therefore a labour shortage and the landowners (barons and the Roman Catholic Church) feared that the peasants would ask for higher wages. A law (The Statute of Labourers of 1351) was passed to prevent this and life was therefore made much harder for the peasants, whose income came from working the land. When Edward III died, his successor was Richard II, who was only 10 years old. The country was therefore run by the barons who took advantage of the situation.

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The Peasants' Revolt took place in which year?
Thirty years after the Black Death killed millions of people throughout Europe
Which law of 1351 had already made people angry?
The Edict of Peasants
The Law of Landowners' Rights
The Statute of Labourers
The Workers' Charter
Introduced by King Edward III to benefit the nobles and Catholic Church
Which was not a feature of the Statute of Labourers?
A limit on wages
Peasant labourers could not be set free from landowners
Peasants could not look for better work in other villages
Two weeks holiday a year guaranteed
Labourers were required to work for the Catholic Church for free whenever they were asked to
Who was the main leader of the Peasants' Revolt?
Sam Tyler
Tom Wyler
Wat Tyler
Will Taylor
He didn't start the revolt but became leader after the peasants captured Canterbury
The rebels came from which two counties?
Hampshire and Dorset
Kent and Essex
Middlesex and Surrey
Norfolk and Suffolk
Other smaller revolts took place around the country but were on a much smaller scale
Who was King of England at the time of the Revolt?
Edward II
Henry IV
Richard II
Richard III
He was only 14 at the time!
Which of these was not a cause of the unrest?
Religious discontent as the Church had too much money
Selling off farmland to foreign countries
A second poll tax introduced by John of Gaunt was the final thing that sparked off the Revolt
At the time of the Revolt, England was at war with which country?
The Hundred Years War, 1337-1453. It lasted more than 100 yrs but wasn't continuous. It placed a great financial burden on the King and nobles which is why the poll tax was introduced to make the people pay for it instead
Which tax was the most immediate cause of the uprising?
Income tax
Land tax
Poll tax
Window tax
It was very unfair as rich and poor had to pay the same
Who led the peasants alongside Wat Tyler?
Jack Bell
James Beal
Joe Bull
John Ball
He was a priest who spoke out against how the Catholic Church exploited the peasants
Author:  Jan Crompton

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