The Black Death
The fleas which caused Black Death were carried by black rats.

The Black Death

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The Black Death is also called bubonic plague. The Black Death was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history and is thought to have started in China. It took 150 years for Europe's population to recover.

Test your knowledge on the subject in this quiz.

1.
In which year did the Black Death first reach England?
1308
1328
1348
1378
2.
What is another name for the Black Death?
Bubonic Plague
Bubotic Plague
Bucolic Plague
Bulimic Plague
The bubonic plague (as well as the septicemic plague and the pneumonic plague) are commonly believed to be the cause of the Black Death
3.
The plague originally spread from where?
Africa
Asia
North America
South America
From there it spread steadily into Europe
4.
How was the Black Death spread?
By dirty drinking water
By fleas
By flies
By open sewers
5.
The fleas were carried by which creatures?
Black rats
Harvest mice
Hedgehogs
Stray cats
The rats arrived on board the trading ships
6.
What were buboes that gave Bubonic Plague its name?
Coughing fits
Large dark swellings
Splitting headaches
Throat ulcers
They formed in the armpits and groin
7.
What percentage of Britain's population is thought to have died from the plague?
5-15%
10-25%
33-50%
70-80%
8.
What did many believe about the Black Death?
It was a punishment from God for their sins
It would only kill the very elderly
People could be immunized against it
The doctors could cure it
Some whipped themselves to show God they were sorry
9.
Things were made worse by pneumonic plague that attacked what?
Bone marrow
The brain
The kidneys
The lungs
10.
Once the 1348 plague died out, which was not true?
No people were left over the age of 21
So many had died that there was a lack of workers
Surviving workers were able to ask for higher wages
The Lord of the Manor had to pay his workers more
Author:  Jan Crompton

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