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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. Who sent a letter to Alfred around 886?
(a) Asser.
(b) Fulco.
(c) Aethelhelm.
(d) Pope Manius.

2. Why did Alfred alter passages in the second work translated?
(a) To simply its explanations for the common man.
(b) To create a better picture of the history of England.
(c) To generate an explicitly Christian message in it.
(d) To protect the nobility from sharing their secrets.

3. Why could the Vikings not remain where they went in 894?
(a) They had too few resources.
(b) The winter was too harsh.
(c) They were called away by the king to another area.
(d) They were battled back by enemy forces.

4. Where did the fourth portion of the second part of Alfred's money go?
(a) His monasteries.
(b) The school.
(c) Neighboring monasteries.
(d) The poor.

5. How many years did Alfred the Great rule?
(a) 30.
(b) 17.
(c) 28.
(d) 25.

Short Answer Questions

1. Asser employed a translation of the annals from 851 to ______ to compose his book.

2. Though Alfred grew in prominence, he was still plagued by what?

3. Who wrote the psalms?

4. What kind of king was Alfred the Great, according to Asser?

5. How many structures did Alfred the Great build?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did Alfred die? How long did he rule?

2. What is the significance of Alfred's will? Why did his will cause a rebellion against Edward just after Alfred died?

3. Why does King Alfred alter passages of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy? What do these alterations reveal about Alfred?

4. What is the final document in King Alfred the Great?

5. What did Alfred do with the second part of his money?

6. What two major challenges did Alfred face during his reign?

7. Explain the preface of the translation of Pope Gregory's Pastoral Care.

8. Why was Alfred so careful about his financial affairs?

9. What did Alfred promise to God's service?

10. Explain the translation of St. Augustine's Soliloquies.

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