Tarot History 101:
An Interactive Quiz
By James W. Revak

Correct!  The answer is B.  Virtually all evidence indicates that the Tarot was invented during the Italian Renaissance.  It further indicates that it was invented between approximately 1420 and 1440 in the area of northern Italy dominated by Milan, Ferrara, and Bologna (see narrow red triangle on map below).

Map of Modern Italy

Illustration: Map of modern Italy. The narrow red triangle marks the approximate birthplace of the Tarot, i.e., the area dominated by Milan, Ferrara, and Bologna (adapted from Rand McNally World Atlas, copyright © 1968 Rand McNally).  Click the image for a larger one.

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