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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. How did Asser learn of the various texts mentioned in his work?
(a) It is unclear.
(b) From his days at university.
(c) From Alfred himself.
(d) Through friends and family members of Alfred the Great.

3. Where was Asser before he met Alfred?
(a) The northern English countryside.
(b) It is not known where he was.
(c) An obscure part of Wales.
(d) London, England.

4. Who was the father of the wife Aethewulf brought home from Rome?
(a) Charles the Bald.
(b) Jason of the Argonauts.
(c) Louis the XVI.
(d) Charlemagne.

5. With whom did the Vikings make peace in 872?
(a) The Saxons.
(b) The Northumbrians.
(c) The Angles.
(d) The Mercians.

6. Where was Alfred the Great sent in 853?
(a) London.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Paris.
(d) Rome.

7. Who was pope when Alfred was sent to Rome?
(a) Gregory.
(b) John.
(c) Leo.
(d) Pius.

8. What did Alfred build in 878?
(a) A church.
(b) A university.
(c) A fortress.
(d) An abbey.

9. When did Burgred, the new king of the Mercians, ask Aethewulf for help against the Vikings?
(a) 865.
(b) 853.
(c) 864.
(d) 851.

10. Where does Asser give some biographical details about himself?
(a) In his autobiography.
(b) In a letter about Life of King Alfred.
(c) In his journals.
(d) In the Life of King Alfred.

11. When was Alfred the Great born?
(a) The year of his birth is not known for sure.
(b) 850.
(c) 849.
(d) 832.

12. How many ships did the Vikings bring to England?
(a) More than 400.
(b) 50.
(c) 175.
(d) 350.

13. Which of the following themes does NOT characterize the political history of Anglo-Saxon England in the first half of the ninth century?
(a) The growing economic struggles in London's business center.
(b) Balance of power changes started to favor Wessex over Mercia.
(c) The impact of the invasions in England.
(d) An alliance developed between the two kingdoms.

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

15. What did Asser later become?
(a) A literary publisher.
(b) A university dean.
(c) A bishop.
(d) A royal court attendant.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom did Alfred the Great come to rule in 871?

2. What illness did Alfred the Great have when he came into power?

3. What is included in the annals put together during and following Alfred's reign?

4. What is not recorded in Asser's book?

5. Where did the Vikings go in 873?

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