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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 was the first emperor to blend Roman citizenship and church membership?
(a) Nero.
(b) Marcus Aurelius.
(c) Julius Caesar.
(d) Constantine.

2. Who is the copyist who created the Lindisfarne Gospels?
(a) Augustine.
(b) Aidan.
(c) Columcille.
(d) Eadfrith.

3. What task is Patricius pressed into doing by his new master?
(a) Tending sheep.
(b) Herding cows.
(c) Blacksmithing.
(d) Training horses.

4. What effect does slavery have on Patricius' faith?
(a) He questions God and remains an atheist.
(b) He questions God and eventually becomes a Catholic.
(c) He prays constantly and becomes a holy man.
(d) He curses God and dies.

5. What language does Patricius speak at home?
(a) Welsh.
(b) Gaelic.
(c) Saxon.
(d) Latin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are annually renewable in Ireland on Feb. 1, the feast of Imbolc, as late as the twelfth century?

2. What heresy do many readers see in John Scotus Eriugena's works?

3. What are the names of the Irish war goddesses?

4. What did Tolland Man, Grauballe Man, Borremose Man, and Lindow Man all have in common?

5. Who invades Ireland near the end of the seventh century?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Patricius (renamed Patrick) leaves the Ecumene after his ordination to become a missionary to Ireland, what is he willing to do for the sake of the Gospel?

2. Where were the "spirals, zigzags, and lozenges" that decorated the Irish monks' books first used?

3. Before he was kidnapped, what was Patricius' opinion of God and the Catholic Church?

4. What effect do the decisions made at the Synod of Whitby have on the Irish understanding of the relationship between themselves and Rome?

5. Why did Pope Honorius III order that John Scotus' book, De Divisione Naturae, be burned?

6. What is Patrick's view of magic?

7. What did Edward Campion say about the Irish and learning?

8. What monasteries did Columbanus found in Gaul?

9. Why was Patricius turned away when he arrived in Wexford and asked for passage to Britain?

10. In addition to the spiritual welfare of the Irish, what does Patrick worry about?

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