History: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - The Black Death (Questions)

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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
3. The plague originally spread from where?
[ ] Africa
[ ] Asia
[ ] North America
[ ] South America
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
6. What were buboes that gave Bubonic Plague its name?
[ ] Coughing fits
[ ] Large dark swellings
[ ] Splitting headaches
[ ] Throat ulcers
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
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
History: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - The Black Death (Answers)
1. In which year did the Black Death first reach England?
[ ] 1308
[ ] 1328
[x] 1348
[ ] 1378
2. What is another name for the Black Death?
[x] 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
[x] Asia
[ ] North America
[ ] South America
From there it spread steadily into Europe
4. How was the Black Death spread?
[ ] By dirty drinking water
[x] By fleas
[ ] By flies
[ ] By open sewers
5. The fleas were carried by which creatures?
[x] 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
[x] 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%
[x] 33-50%
[ ] 70-80%
8. What did many believe about the Black Death?
[x] 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
[x] The lungs
10. Once the 1348 plague died out, which was not true?
[x] 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