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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Stephanus claim influenced Ecgfrith to drive Wilfrid from his see?
(a) King Dagobert.
(b) Bishop Colman.
(c) Ecgfrith's queen, Iurminbrugh.
(d) Bishop Winfrid.

2. What were two things that Bede said he avoided in the prologue?
(a) Judgementalism and piety.
(b) Criticism and pessimism.
(c) Doctrine and legalism.
(d) Ambiguity and hair-splitting.

3. How was Cuthbert's Friday fast broken on one occasion at the vesper's hour according to Bede?
(a) An angel disgused as an old man fixed him a meal of rice and cakes.
(b) Otters brought him a meal of fish from the sea.
(c) Birds brought him bread from a far land.
(d) Cuthbert's horse pulled on a straw from the roof where he rested that was connected to a bundle of food from God.

4. Which of the works in "The Age of Bede" does Farmer claim was popular during the Middle Ages?
(a) "The Life of Wilfrid."
(b) "Voyage of St. Brendan."
(c) "The Life of Cuthbert."
(d) " The Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow."

5. Who does Farmer credit with writing the earliest "Life of Cuthbert"?
(a) An anonymous monk from Lindisfarne.
(b) Bede.
(c) Ceolfrith.
(d) Eddius Stephanus.

6. What was the quote from the Psalms that Bede used to support God's hand in the event?
(a) "Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings Thou has perfected praise."
(b) "When you walk about they will guide you; When you sleep, they will watch over you."
(c) "I have directed you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in upright paths."
(d) "A wise son accepts his father's discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke."

7. Who does Farmer report to be the earliest monk of the British Isles?
(a) Ceolfrith, a monk of Wearmouth.
(b) Benedict, a Roman bishop.
(c) Cuthbert, a hermit of Lindisfarne.
(d) Brendan, an Irish monk.

8. How many texts does D.H. Farmer report in the Introduction comprise "The Age of Bede"?
(a) Six.
(b) Five.
(c) Seven.
(d) Three.

9. Who does Bede report gave Cuthbert a cure for a tumor on his knee?
(a) An angel carrying a gold trumpet.
(b) An angel dressed in white riding a horse.
(c) The village doctor.
(d) Three strangers who were travelling through his town.

10. The saints who are detailed in "The Age of Bede" lived in what two centuries according to Farmer?
(a) The sixth and seventh A.D.
(b) The fourth and fifth B.C.
(c) The sixth and seventh B.C.
(d) The fifth and sixth A.D.

11. Whose record of Cuthbert's death did Bede use?
(a) Wilfrid who asked Bede to take a pilgrimage with him to Rome.
(b) Herefrith, a devout priest and abbot of Lindisfarne.
(c) Hwaetbehrt who succeeded him as abbot.
(d) Benedict who was a close friend of Cuthbert.

12. To what book does Bede refer for support of other angels who rode on horseback?
(a) Genesis.
(b) The history of the Maccabees.
(c) The Navigato.
(d) The Psalms.

13. Which Irish apostle, according to Farmer, became famous for the founding of the Bobbio and Saint-Gall monasteries.
(a) Brendan.
(b) Eosterwine.
(c) Hwaetberht.
(d) Columbanus.

14. Of what does Stephanus claim Wilfrid accused English bishops prior to his journey to Gaul?
(a) Being corrupt with indulgences.
(b) Being similar in ideology to Celts.
(c) Being too stiff in worship services.
(d) Being too strict with moral limits.

15. Who does Stephanus report led a synod which was actually a trap to take the properties that were under Wilfrid's authority?
(a) Pope Agatho.
(b) Bishop Colman.
(c) Archdeacon Boniface.
(d) Archbishop Berhtwald.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Wilfrid's ship had run aground on the English shore and was surrounded by pagans, what event does Stephanus report occurred that preceded a battle between Wilfrid's party and the pagans?

2. To what biblical story does Stephanus compare the event that preceded the battle between Wilfrid's party and the pagans?

3. What came of a phantom fire that came upon a village while Bede reports that Cuthbert was teaching on the distractions of the devil?

4. How many years does Farmer claim had passed before the biography of Brendan had first appeared?

5. Who was the king who Stephanus reported to follow Wilfrid's guidance to win victories over the Picts and Mercia?

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