Reading Comprehension Quiz


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The initial military conquest of England in 1066 by the Normans was quick and brutal. The members of the Anglo-Saxon upper class who were not killed in the battle of Hastings were almost all killed later or deprived of their lands. Thus a Norman aristocracy was superimposed on the English.

To consolidate his position, William used the existing Anglo-Saxon administrative system. It was this tradition that gave English feudalism its uniquely cohesive nature. There was little change in the administrative and judicial systems during the Norman period 1066-1154.

William I's archbishop of Canterbury established a separate system of canon law courts and brought the English church into closer contact with developments in Europe. The Norman kings, however, successfully resisted papal encroachment on their control over episcopal appointments.

The period saw many churches and castles built. Norman French became the language of the court and upper classes and had a great effect on the development of the English language.

1. Feudalism means
A. a system of warring factions.
B. an administrative system.
C. a judicial system.
D. a social system of (1) lords and (2) landholders who were subject to the lord.
2. Cohesive means
A. glued.
B. sticking, holding, or working together as a united whole.
C. heaving.
D. equal.
3. Anglo-Saxons were
A. losers in the war with William.
B. administrators.
C. judiciary.
D. upper classes.
4. Episcopal appointments were
A. church appointments.
B. judical appointments.
C. appointments by a bishop.
D. military appointments.
5. Canon law courts were
A. military law courts.
B. Bible law courts.
C. Christian church courts.
D. Norman courts.

The information comes from Wikipedia.
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Answer Key: 1-D..........2-B..........3-A..........4-C..........5-C
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