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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 kind of king was Alfred the Great, according to Asser?
(a) Excellent.
(b) Fierce.
(c) Meek.
(d) Militaristic.

2. The document included after the will gives what to Aethelhelm?
(a) A neighboring kingdom.
(b) A wife.
(c) An estate.
(d) A portion of the kingdom.

3. Whose will is included?
(a) Alfred's brother's.
(b) Alfred's mother's.
(c) King Alfred's.
(d) Alfred's father's.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What work by Pope Gregory did a bishop translate for King Alfred?

2. What benefit did the translations have for Alfred the Great?

3. Who wrote the first work that Alfred had translated for himself?

4. Whose Soliloquies did Alfred translate?

5. What aspect of the document included after the will is particularly interesting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the purpose of Chapter II?

4. Where did the Vikings go in 896? What happened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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