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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the pope do to Alfred?
(a) Anointed him as king.
(b) Ordained him as a priest.
(c) Blessed his military activities.
(d) Ex-communicate him.

2. Why did Asser never attempt to circulate his book?
(a) He knew Alfred would not approve.
(b) It was too expensive to print.
(c) It was never finished.
(d) He could not find a publisher.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Whom did the Vikings attack when they left East Anglia?

3. Where did Alfred the Great fall among his siblings?

4. Where did the Vikings spend the winter?

5. What chronicle did Asser use as a basis for his book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who joined forces when the Vikings were attacking the Franks?

2. What are the dimensions of the Alfred Jewel?

3. Who is depicted in the Alfred Jewel?

4. What is a charter in Anglo-Saxon terms? How many survive from the Anglo-Saxon period?

5. What is the significance of Pope Gregory's <i>Dialogues</i> to King Alfred?

6. What is the final document in <i>King Alfred</i> the Great?

7. Explain the personal struggle Alfred endured during the early part of his life and reign.

8. What three people died between 888 and 890?

9. What was the relationship between Asser and Alfred?

10. What is the penultimate document? What are double acrostics?

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