European History : Gender

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for European History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Gender

Which leading Baroque artist was the first woman admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence?

Possible Answers:

Mary Shelley

Laura Cereta

Lucretia Borgia

Artemisia Gentileschi

Correct answer:

Artemisia Gentileschi

Explanation:

Artemisia Gentileschi is regarded as one of the leading artists of the baroque period and is generally considered to be one of the most progressive artists of her time period. She made a notable impact regarding gender equality in her native Italy when she became the first woman to be admitted into the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence in the first half of the seventeenth century.

Example Question #2 : Gender

Which of these European countries has (as of 2016) yet to elect a female ruler?

Possible Answers:

Italy

Turkey

Germany

Great Britain

Correct answer:

Italy

Explanation:

Of these nations, only Italy has yet to democratically elect a female political leader. Margaret Thatcher served as Prime Minister in the United Kingdom during the 1980s; Tansu Ciller was Prime Minister of Turkey during the 1990s; Angela Merkel was elected the Prime Minister of Germany in 2005; Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo served as Prime Minister of Portugal in 1979. Italy has never elected a female political leader. The same is true of Spain, Sweden, and Greece.

Example Question #3 : Gender

Joan of Arc was mostly famous for her role in the ______________.

Possible Answers:

the War of the Roses

the Crusades

the Hundred Years War

the Seven Year's War

the French Revolutionary Wars

Correct answer:

the Hundred Years War

Explanation:

Joan of Arc is famous for having fought in the Hundred Years War, a long-lasting battle between England and France for the French kingdom. Initially joining the conflict by posing as a man, Joan of Arc rose to become an inspirational figure for the French armies. The other answers are incorrect because they occurred either before or after Joan's time.

Example Question #4 : Gender

What changes did the Renaissance bring for women?

Possible Answers:

Women lost the right to divorce, but gained the right to have their own money

Women gained power economically, but stayed the same socially

Women’s status did not change very much during the Renaissance

Women were allowed to go to school and own property if they were unmarried

Women had the same rights as men 

Correct answer:

Women’s status did not change very much during the Renaissance

Explanation:

Unfortunately, women’s status did not change dramatically during the Renaissance. For the most part their lived were the same as during the Middle Ages- they had no legal rights, were the legal subjects of their husbands and their duty in life was to be a care for the children and be a good housewife. For poor peasants, this meant working in the fields, for middle class people that often meant working in their husband’s shop, for the upper class this was often sewing, cooking and entertaining. Women were not allowed to live alone, and if they did not marry, they had to live with a male relative or join a convent.  

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