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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To where had Bredan's son fled to live the life of a hermit with other monks, according to the story recorded by the anonymous author?
(a) The Land of Promise of the Saints.
(b) The Island of Delights.
(c) The Meadow of Miracles.
(d) The Valley of Virtue.

2. To what cause does Bede claim Benedict devoted himself after he traveled to Rome to visit the tombs of the Apostles?
(a) To training priestly aspirants to what is now known as the "Benedictine Order".
(b) To the translation and writing of scripture.
(c) To the interpretation and preaching of the Gospel.
(d) Making known the forms of church life he witnessed in Rome.

3. From whom did Bede claim Benedict bought the unique collection during his fifth trip to Rome?
(a) Pope Agatho.
(b) From King Aldfrid.
(c) King Ecgfrith.
(d) King Egfrid.

4. What form did fallen angels take on Brendan's journey, according to the anonymous author?
(a) Dogs.
(b) Birds.
(c) Shepherds.
(d) Old men.

5. Where does the anonymous author report Ceolfrith was buried?
(a) In Wearmouth next to the tomb of Benedict.
(b) In a secluded wood as he favored his time spent as a hermit.
(c) In the new abbey at Jarrow.
(d) In the church of the holy martyred brothers Speusippus, Eleusippus, and Meleusippus.

6. What was Benedict's council to those who visited him while he suffered his illness, according to Bede?
(a) That the ordinances he passed to them were not of his creation.
(b) That they devote themselves to fasting and prayer.
(c) That they guard the monasteries at Wearmouth and Jarrow.
(d) That they study scripture regularly.

7. Who did Bede report was chosen to replace Ceolfrith?
(a) Eosterwine.
(b) Sigfrith.
(c) Hwaetberht.
(d) Brendan.

8. From what royal family does Bede claim Benedict descended?
(a) The Theodoric lineage.
(b) The Egfrid Lineage.
(c) The Angle lineage.
(d) The Windsor lineage.

9. How often did the traveling party eat on the journey away from the island?
(a) Two times a day.
(b) Every three days.
(c) Three times a day.
(d) Every two days.

10. What quote does the anonymous author of Ceolfrith's history use to advise readers of his work?
(a) "The work is difficult, my intelligence and command of rhetoric small; none the less, though, the result might come below expectation, the effort will at least pay my debt of obedience."
(b) "Remind yourselves that I have written nothing about the saint without first subjectng the facts to the most thorough scrutiny."
(c) "Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the end of their way of life and imitate their faith."
(d) "The texts presented in this volume are important sources to the history of the Christian Church."

11. What was Brendan's warning as they left the island?
(a) "Be on your guard, brethren, lest Satan lead you into temptation."
(b) "Take care, brethren, not to take anything with you from this island."
(c) "Do not let your desire for the physical overcome your need for the Holy."
(d) "Keep watch for rocks that will destroy our ship."

12. What unique collection does Bede write that Benedict brought to England from his fifth trip to Rome?
(a) A collection of original copies of manuscripts of the Bible.
(b) A collection of sheet music on which to focus chants.
(c) Stained glass windows from France.
(d) A collection of paintings of the life of Christ.

13. What custom arose from the burial of Ceolfrith?
(a) Having a celebration with friends which eventually became known as a wake.
(b) Placing flowers on a grave.
(c) Wearing black for mourning.
(d) Praying the Psalms prior to kneeling at Ceolfrith's tomb.

14. After Brendan said he and his son landed the boat in which they took their trip, how long did they walk on the island before without reaching the furthest shore from their landing, according to the anonymous writer?
(a) 7 days.
(b) 15 days.
(c) 3 days.
(d) 40 days.

15. What happened to Eosterwine during Benedict's fifth journey to Rome, according to Bede?
(a) Eosterwine starved during a siege of Wearmouth.
(b) The pope beckoned Eosterwine to Rome.
(c) Eostewine and a number of monks died from the plague.
(d) Eosterwine became abbot of Jarrow.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the method that Bede writes Ceolfrith chose for a new abbot to be chosen to replace him?

2. What did the anonymous author report that Brendan said a rocky island that had no sand on its beach actually was?

3. What monastery construction on the north bank of Wear was funded by Benedict, according to Bede?

4. To where did Brendan's son invite him to travel, according to the anonymous writer?

5. Who had prophesied that Brendan would die upon his return to his monastery, according to the anonymous author?

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