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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Stephanus claim taught Wilfrid the rules of Easter while he was in this city?
(a) Archbishop Dalfinus.
(b) Bishop Colman.
(c) Bishop Baducing.
(d) Archbishop Dalfinus.

2. 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) At the bottom of the lake where he kept many prayer vigils.
(c) In the catacombs of Wearmouth monastery.
(d) In the pasture that he kept during his time as a hermit.

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

4. Which cleric does Farmer identify as coming from Northumbria and trained at Melrose?
(a) Columba of Iona.
(b) Wilfrid.
(c) Columbanus.
(d) Cuthbert.

5. What does Bede report Cuthbert used to cure a sick servant to a bodyguard of King Ecgfrith?
(a) Water he blessed.
(b) A salve brought to him by two otters.
(c) Prayer and fasting.
(d) A poltice delivered to him by an angel on horseback.

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

7. What does Farmer claim to be the name of the author of the "Navigatio"?
(a) Brendan.
(b) Eddius Stephanus.
(c) Bede.
(d) Unknown.

8. 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 was recognized by Rome as a powerful Bishop of England.
(c) Wilfrid used the expansion of the kingdom to claim more lands for the church.
(d) Wilfrid became bishop over the Saxons, British, Scots, and Picts.

9. 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.

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

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

12. 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) Cuthbert's horse pulled on a straw from the roof where he rested that was connected to a bundle of food from God.
(c) An angel disgused as an old man fixed him a meal of rice and cakes.
(d) Birds brought him bread from a far land.

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

14. Who does Farmer claim enabled Wilfred to travel to visit other churches through Europe?
(a) Alhfrith.
(b) Enfleda, Queen of Northumbria.
(c) Bishop Colman.
(d) Dalfinus.

15. Who does Stephanus claim introduced Wilfrid to the Pope?
(a) Archbishop Dalfinus.
(b) Bishop Colman.
(c) Bishop Baducing.
(d) Boniface the archdeacon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Over what issue did Wilfrid debate Bishop Colman according to Stephanus?

2. Who does Bede claim first chastised Cuthbert for his idleness and his indulgences?

3. How old was Wilfrid when Stephanus reported he left home to seek the kingdom of Heaven?

4. What miracle did Cuthbert perform when he brought the Holy Ghost to a village that could only provide tents for him and his retinue?

5. To whom did Stephanus address his record of the "Life of Wilfrid"?

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