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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 benefit did the translations have for Alfred the Great?
(a) Interpersonal communication skills.
(b) Education.
(c) Personal edification.
(d) Spiritual consolation.

2. When Alfred received revenues, he apportioned much of it to ______ affairs.
(a) Family.
(b) Military.
(c) Secular.
(d) Spiritual.

3. What positive aspects of Alfred the Great's reign did Asser discuss?
(a) His parties.
(b) His family.
(c) His accomplishments.
(d) His hobbies.

4. What was the second work translated?
(a) Understanding of Psychology.
(b) Consolation of Philosophy.
(c) Explanation of Nobility.
(d) Discourse on Faith.

5. What document is included after the will?
(a) A treaty.
(b) A list of King Alfred's properties.
(c) Another will.
(d) A charter.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Whose Soliloquies did Alfred translate?

3. Who wrote the psalms?

4. Why did Alfred alter passages in the second work translated?

5. What structures did Alfred build during his reign?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Alfred do with the revenues he received?

2. Explain the role that faith played in Alfred's life.

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

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

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

6. Who swore oaths to King Alfred in 893? What happened when the Vikings split into roving bands that same year?

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

8. What is the significance of Pope Gregory's Pastoral Care to King Alfred? What is its focus?

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

10. What is the significance of Pope Gregory's Dialogues to King Alfred?

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