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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why was Cuthbert inspired to rise from his sickbed in Chapter 8, according to Bede?
(a) Because he knew that God would provide him strength to carry out ministry.
(b) Because he did not want to neglect the responsibility God had put before him.
(c) Because he desired to be an inspiration to those in need.
(d) Because he knew that God had certainly heard the prayers of the monks praying for him.

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

4. How does Bede claim Christian converts profaned their faith in Chapter 9?
(a) With their works.
(b) With the coarse language.
(c) With their sloth.
(d) With their ill-gotten gains.

5. To whom did Cuthbert prophesy his own death, according to Bede?
(a) Benedict Biscop.
(b) The residents on the island Lindisfarne.
(c) Hereberht, the hermit.
(d) Bede.

6. To what office did Stephanus claim Agilberht ordained Wilfrid?
(a) Cardinal.
(b) Bishop.
(c) Abbot.
(d) Priest.

7. Who granted Wilfrid to preach in his first destination after being chased from his see?
(a) King Aldgisi.
(b) King Ecgfrith.
(c) King Dagobert.
(d) King Perctarit.

8. What sign does Stephanus claim that God used to indicate that Wilfrid would serve him in the future?
(a) A fiery demon was chased from his village by a torrent provided by God.
(b) An angel disguised as a horseman helped with Wilfrid's delivery.
(c) The house where he was being born caught fire but was not consumed.
(d) Birds gathered to sing praises to God as Wilfrid was born.

9. Why does Farmer credit this institution with the spread of monasteries in Ireland?
(a) Clergy would evangelize pagans who would give to support the construction of monasteries.
(b) When a family would convert to Christianity, it would remain together as a group and convert their homes into monasteries.
(c) The government would raise taxes to support the construction of monasteries.
(d) Nobles would provide land and funding for construction of monasteries.

10. What miracle did Cuthbert perform when he brought the Holy Ghost to a village that could only provide tents for him and his retinue?
(a) He received wood from birds and animals to provide for a fire.
(b) He fed the village a healthy stew made from nothing but a pot of water and three round stones.
(c) With prayer he cured a boy that was dying.
(d) He healed a blind man who shared his bread with them.

11. What miracle does Stephanus report that Wilfrid performed during the construction of the church at Hexham?
(a) He prayed over a pile of stones used in the construction and the pile was not exhausted until the church was completed.
(b) He healed through prayer a workman who fell from working on the highest part of the walls in the church.
(c) He prayed for God's provision of favorable weather and the project did not lose a day due to foul weather.
(d) He prayed for the health of the workers and all of them kept their health throughout the project.

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

13. What was the first miracle that Bede reports that Cuthbert performed?
(a) He brought a sheriff's wife back to life.
(b) He healed himself of a lame leg.
(c) He calmed a wind that had nearly blown rafts carrying monks to sea with his prayers.
(d) He healed a sick boy near death.

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

15. What were Brendan's most important monasteries, according to Farmer?
(a) Wearmouth, Jarrow, Lindisfarne, and Melrose.
(b) Annadown, Christendom, Confert, and Melrose.
(c) Clonfert, Annadown, Inishadroum, and Ardfert.
(d) Northumbria, Whitby, Inishadroum, and Jarrow.

Short Answer Questions

1. What institution does Farmer suggest was responsible for the growth of monasteries in Ireland?

2. What does Farmer report came of Cuthbert after he spent many years in a monastery?

3. What was the quote from the Psalms that Bede used to support God's hand in the event?

4. To whom did Bede write the prologue to his "Life of Cuthbert"?

5. Where does Farmer claim that the earliest surviving manuscript of "Navigatio" was written?

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