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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What time period is not recorded in Asser's book?
(a) The 870s.
(b) The 890s.
(c) The 860s.
(d) The 880s.

2. Where did Alfred the Great fall among his siblings?
(a) The middle child.
(b) Youngest.
(c) Oldest.
(d) The third child.

3. Who were invading England during the reign of Alfred the Great?
(a) Spaniards.
(b) Romans.
(c) Vikings.
(d) Celts.

4. What was nearly destroyed by the Vikings?
(a) Canterbury.
(b) Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
(c) Wessex.
(d) London.

5. Whom did Alfred the Great come to rule in 871?
(a) The Northern Angles.
(b) The Celts.
(c) The East Saxons.
(d) The West Saxons.

6. Whom did the Vikings attack when they left East Anglia?
(a) The Scots.
(b) The Northern Celts.
(c) The East Angles.
(d) The West Saxons.

7. When did Asser die?
(a) 899.
(b) The exact date of his death is not known.
(c) 909.
(d) 907.

8. What county was protected against invaders during the reign of Alfred the Great?
(a) Avon.
(b) Wessex.
(c) Kent.
(d) Cork.

9. What is included in the annals put together during and following Alfred's reign?
(a) A rudimentary phone book.
(b) The laws of England.
(c) A narrative of the king's military activities.
(d) An account of the founding of London.

10. What new wife did Aethewulf bring from Rome?
(a) Mary.
(b) Anne.
(c) Catherine.
(d) Judith.

11. What did Asser aid Alfred the Great in creating for many in his kingdom?
(a) Curriculum.
(b) Translations of the Holy Bible.
(c) A census.
(d) Law books.

12. Asser aided negotiations between Alfred the Great and ______.
(a) Welsh kings.
(b) English kings.
(c) Vikings.
(d) Local nobility.

13. What kingdom was Asser from?
(a) Wessex.
(b) Kent.
(c) Cork.
(d) Dyfed.

14. Where did the Vikings fight the king of the Saxons, Aethelwulf and his son Aethelbald for a long time?
(a) Surrey.
(b) Sandwich.
(c) Canterbury.
(d) Wessex.

15. How many brothers did Alfred the Great have?
(a) Four.
(b) Five.
(c) Three.
(d) None.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long did Asser probably stay with Alfred?

2. Alfred's mother was descended from the ______ and Jutes.

3. In the 19th century Alfred the Great was seen as the founder of the British _______ and ______.

4. What did Alfred build in 878?

5. How many ships did the Vikings bring to England?

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