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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 Asser provide regarding Alfred the Great?
(a) An oil painting.
(b) A bust.
(c) A museum.
(d) A biography.

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

3. When was the epithet "the Great" added to Alfred's name?
(a) Not until the last fifty years or so.
(b) After the sixteenth century.
(c) Sometime during the seventeenth century.
(d) Before the fifteenth century.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is listed in paragraph two?

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

3. Who were invading England during the reign of Alfred the Great?

4. Where did the Vikings fight the king of the Saxons, Aethelwulf and his son Aethelbald for a long time?

5. Where did King Alfred and his ally go to fight the Vikings?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did education play in Alfred's life during his reign?

2. What three themes characterize the political history of Anglo-Saxon England in the first half of the ninth century?

3. Explain Asser's dedication in his Life of King Alfred.

4. Where does most of what we know about Alfred come from?

5. Explain Alfred's reform efforts during his reign.

6. What happened to Eadburh when her husband, the West Saxon king, died?

7. Describe Alfred's youth.

8. Who was Asser?

9. Who are at least three rulers who share Alfred's title of "the Great?"

10. What audience read Asser's Life of King Alfred?

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