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Early medieval European dress: Quiz


Question 1: The pagan ________, especially the women, dressed rather differently from most of Europe, with uncovered female hair, and an outer dress made of a single length of cloth, pinned with brooches at both shoulders.
DenmarkViking AgeVikingScandinavia

Question 2: The ________ finds and the Tara Brooch are two of the most famous examples from the British Isles in the middle of the period.
Sutton HooBeowulfBeowulf (hero)Hroðgar

Question 3: Clergy wore special short hairstyles called the tonsure; in England the choice between the Roman tonsure (the top of the head shaved) and the Celtic tonsure (only the front of the head shaved, from ear to ear) had to be resolved at the ________, in favour of Rome.
EasterWilfridBedeSynod of Whitby

Question 4: The biographers of ________ record that he always dressed in the Frankish style, which means that he wore similar if superior versions of the clothes of better-off peasants over much of Europe for the later centuries of the period:
CharlemagneAlboinLouis the PiousLothair I

Question 5: The elite imported ________ cloth from the Byzantine, and later Moslem, worlds, and also probably cotton.
LinenSpandexSilkKente cloth

Question 6: The most easily recognisable difference between the two groups was in male costume, where the invading peoples generally wore short tunics, with belts, and visible ________, hose or leggings.
TrousersWomen wearing pantsCottonSkirt

Question 7: Archaeological finds have shown that the elite, especially men, could own superb jewellery, most commonly brooches to fasten their cloak, but also ________, purses, weapon fittings, necklaces and other forms.
Belly chainAcademic dressBelt (clothing)Buckle

Question 8: Areas where Roman influence remained strong include most of Italy except the North, South-Western France, as far north as Tours, and probably cities like ________ in Germany.

Question 9: Both men's and women's clothing was trimmed with bands of decoration, variously ________, tablet-woven bands, or colorful borders woven into the fabric in the loom.
SewingNeedlepointCanvas workEmbroidery

Question 10: Various forms of Roman-derived vestment, including the chasuble, ________, pallium, stole, maniple and dalmatic became regularised during the period, and by the end there were complicated prescriptions for who was to wear what, and when.
SurpliceBishopMass (liturgy)Cope


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