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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which Northumbrian cleric does Farmer record as being trained in Lindisfarne?
(a) Brendan.
(b) Columbanus.
(c) Wilfrid
(d) Cuthbert.

2. Why did Bede address his prologue to its named recipient?
(a) To assure future Christians that the church was founded by men of reliable virtue.
(b) To show his father that his devotion was being manifested in good works.
(c) So the reader would know that the work was undertaken in compliance with the Bishop's wishes.
(d) To affirm he virtues of Cuthbert to those whom he served.

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

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

5. 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?
(a) Wilfrid blessed a stone that he used to heal a companion cursed by a pagan wizard.
(b) Wilfrid called down angels to ward off a curse from a pagan wizard.
(c) A legion of angels protected Wilfrid's companions from an attack led by a pagan wizard.
(d) One of Wilfrid's companions killed the pagan's wizard with a stone blessed by the party from the ship.

6. As Cuthbert was traveling with a boy during a preaching tour in Chapter 12, how did Bede report that Cuthbert prophesied their food would be provided?
(a) By a fawn.
(b) By two otters.
(c) By an eagle.
(d) By a dog.

7. What kind of battles does Farmer report the church leaders in "The Age of Bede" fought?
(a) Spiritual battles against invisible diabolical enemies.
(b) Economic battles against land owners who sought land on which churches were built.
(c) Physical battles against pagans seeking to dismantle Christian influences.
(d) Political battles against corrupt kings.

8. What institution does Farmer suggest was responsible for the growth of monasteries in Ireland?
(a) The family.
(b) The Nobility.
(c) The Clergy.
(d) The government.

9. Farmer asserts that the "Navigatio" is a fascinating mixture of what?
(a) Intrigue, sound doctrine, and drama.
(b) Fact, fantasy, and literary borrowing.
(c) History, fact, and economic theory.
(d) Fantasy, doctrine, and mystery.

10. After he listened to the chastisement, what does Bede report to be Cuthbert's response?
(a) He began working harder on his chants to serve the worship needs of his town.
(b) He forsook foolish games immediately and showed himself to be more mature and earnest.
(c) He stopped spending so much time adventuring and devoted himself more seriously to studying the Bible.
(d) He began studying writing more seriously to produce works fit for public consumption.

11. According to Stephanus, how did the expansion of the Kingdom that Wilfrid advised expand his authority as Bishop?
(a) Wilfrid became wealthier from the expansion of the kingdom and used his wealth to buy support from Rome.
(b) Wilfrid used the expansion of the kingdom to claim more lands for the church.
(c) Wilfrid became bishop over the Saxons, British, Scots, and Picts.
(d) Wilfrid was recognized by Rome as a powerful Bishop of England.

12. What was Wilfrid's destination when he left his home, according to Stephanus?
(a) King Oswiu's queen, Eanfled, to whom he was recommended by noblemen he served in his father's house.
(b) Archbishop Dalfinus who hoped to adopt him as a son.
(c) The home of King Erconberht of Kent.
(d) The home of Biscop Baducing.

13. Where does Farmer claim that the earliest surviving manuscript of "Navigatio" was written?
(a) At the monastery at Inishadroum.
(b) At the monastery at St. Maximin.
(c) At the monastery at Melrose.
(d) At the monastery at Wearmouth.

14. Where is the body of Cuthbert buried, according to Bede's record?
(a) In a stone coffin on the right side of the altar in the church of the Blessed Apostle Peter.
(b) In the pasture that he kept during his time as a hermit.
(c) In the catacombs of Wearmouth monastery.
(d) At the bottom of the lake where he kept many prayer vigils.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What were Brendan's most important monasteries, according to Farmer?

2. Who does Farmer credit with writing the earliest "Life of Cuthbert"?

3. What does Farmer claim to be the document that the earliest monk wrote?

4. What term does Farmer use to identify a community of monks?

5. What miracle does Stephanus report that Wilfrid performed during the construction of the church at Hexham?

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