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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does the anonymous writer record God sent to be the guide of Brendan's traveling party after they landed on the island?
(a) A dog.
(b) A man with an aura of shining light.
(c) A hermit named Paul.
(d) A boy with a basket of bread.

2. How many monks did the anonymous author report Ceolfrith took with him to complete the new construction that King Egfrith sponsored?
(a) 22.
(b) 12.
(c) 222.
(d) 122.

3. When does the anonymous author record Brendan's traveling party landed on the island?
(a) Christmas day.
(b) Good Friday.
(c) Maundy Thursday.
(d) Easter Sunday.

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

5. How did the anonymous author claim that Ceolfrith came to study for the priesthood?
(a) He was appointed by his Bishop Wilford.
(b) He was appointed by his brother Cynefrith.
(c) He was appointed by Abbot Botulf.
(d) He was appointed by his cousin Tunbert.

6. After the guide brought them to a vast hall with couches and water to wash their feet, what does the anonymous writer report that Brendan said?
(a) "Thank God from whom all good things flow . . ."
(b) "Do not let your desire for the physical overcome your need for the Holy . . ."
(c) "Be on your guard, brethren, lest Satan lead you into temptation . . ."
(d) "God has provided for our needs . . ."

7. What did the anonymous author report occurred to Ceolfrith on the day he reached Langres on September 25?
(a) He died.
(b) He was miraculously freed from bandits who had cornered him on his journey.
(c) He was asked to lead worship at the abbey there.
(d) He was recived by the Galic king.

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

9. What monastery construction on the north bank of Wear was funded by Benedict, according to Bede?
(a) St. Peter's Monastery.
(b) Ripon.
(c) Northumbria.
(d) Melrose.

10. 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.

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

12. 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.

13. Who was named to rule the monastery shortly before Ceolfrith joined it, according to the anonymous author?
(a) Ceolfrith's brother, Cynefrith.
(b) Ceolfrith's cousin, Tunbert.
(c) Abbot Botulf.
(d) Bishop Wilford.

14. Who returned a letter of thanks for the gift the monks delivered to Rome according to the anonymous author?
(a) Archbishop Berhtwald.
(b) Pope Gregory.
(c) Pope Agatho.
(d) Archdeacon Boniface.

15. What did Bede report Benedict brought back to Britain after his third trip to Rome?
(a) Icons from the tombs of saints to aid in the performance of miracles.
(b) A large number of books on all branches of sacred knowledge.
(c) Scholars who were trained in the interpretation of Scripture.
(d) A cantor named John who introduced the order of chanting and singing the Psalms to Britain.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the story the anonymous writer recorded Brendan told, what did Brendan say his son's name was?

2. What does the anonymous writer claim came into view after the ship ran out of food?

3. 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?

4. What does the anonymous writer of the "Voyage of St. Brendan" document as Brendan's lineage?

5. How were Benedict and Sigfrith able to meet with each other shortly before they died from their illnesses, according to Bede?

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