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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What annals were put together during and following Alfred's reign?
(a) The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
(b) The Journals of Alfred the Great.
(c) The Wessex Annals.
(d) The England Annals.

2. What work by Pope Gregory did Asser help translate?
(a) The Journals of Pope Gregory.
(b) Pastoral Care.
(c) On the Sanctity of Marriage.
(d) Death and Dying.

3. What chronicle did Asser use as a basis for his book?
(a) The Wessex Chronicle.
(b) The New British Chronicle.
(c) The Welsh Chronicle.
(d) The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

4. Where was Asser from?
(a) Oxford University.
(b) St. David's in Wales.
(c) Limerick, Ireland.
(d) Paris, France.

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

6. How was the kingdom split between father and son?
(a) West to the father, east to the son.
(b) East to the father, west to the son.
(c) South to the father, north to the son.
(d) North to the father, south to the son.

7. Who was the king of the Vikings?
(a) Cuthrum.
(b) Synfeir.
(c) Vladmir.
(d) Egbres.

8. What did Asser read aloud to Alfred the Great?
(a) The Bible.
(b) The Works of Shakespeare.
(c) Books on history and politics.
(d) Whatever books were on hand.

9. Who combined forces with King Alfred after the Vikings left East Anglia?
(a) Asser.
(b) The local nobility.
(c) His cousin.
(d) His brother.

10. Asser probably divided his time between Alfred's kingdom and ______.
(a) Paris.
(b) London.
(c) St. David's.
(d) St. Augustine's.

11. How did Asser meet Alfred the Great?
(a) Alfred summoned him.
(b) Asser petitioned him.
(c) They were childhood friends.
(d) Asser was assigned to aid him in negotiations.

12. After his capture, what was the relationship between Alfred the Great and the king of the Vikings?
(a) There was no relationship; the king of the Vikings was dead.
(b) They remained friends.
(c) He was Alfred's adoptive son.
(d) They continued to be enemies.

13. What is not recorded in Asser's book?
(a) Alfred's childhood.
(b) Alfred's alliances with other kings.
(c) Alfred's death.
(d) Alfred's military activities.

14. When did Alfred the Great rule?
(a) The exact dates of his rule are not known.
(b) 871-899 A.D.
(c) 893-899 A.D.
(d) 871-901 A.D.

15. When did Ceorl fight with the men of Devon?
(a) 849.
(b) 871.
(c) 851.
(d) 865.

Short Answer Questions

1. What new wife did Aethewulf bring from Rome?

2. Who was the father of the wife Aethewulf brought home from Rome?

3. What happened when King Alfred and his ally fought the Vikings?

4. One historian theorized that Life of King Alfred was written by whom?

5. Who made peace with the Vikings after Aethelred died?

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