The Age of Bede Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) "Do not let your desire for the physical overcome your need for the Holy . . ."
(b) "Thank God from whom all good things flow . . ."
(c) "God has provided for our needs . . ."
(d) "Be on your guard, brethren, lest Satan lead you into temptation . . ."

2. Who did Bede report Benedict appointed as abbot over the foundation he started?
(a) Sigfrith.
(b) Ceolfrith.
(c) Hwaetbehrt.
(d) Eosterwine.

3. What example does the anonymous author claim that Ceolfrith took from his brother Cynefrith?
(a) Holding the monks under his authority to high moral standards.
(b) Establishing a work schedule that required all monks spend time copying Bibles.
(c) Requiring all duties to be done before meals were to be shared.
(d) Leaving the care of his monastery to younger men to go on a pilgrimage to Rome in his later years.

4. What did the anonymous writer record that Brendan claimed they reached as they walked toward the furthest shore of their landing?
(a) A man with an aura of shining light.
(b) A river that ran from east to west.
(c) The Pearl of Great Price.
(d) A dog that led them to their provisions.

5. In the story the anonymous writer recorded Brendan told, what did Brendan say his son's name was?
(a) Barinthus.
(b) Enoch.
(c) Ceolfrith.
(d) Mernoc.

6. How many monks did the anonymous author report Ceolfrith left behind at his monasteries?
(a) 50.
(b) 60.
(c) 150.
(d) 600.

7. To where did Brendan's son invite him to travel, according to the anonymous writer?
(a) To the Meadow of Miracles.
(b) To the Valley of Virtue.
(c) To the Land of Promise of the Saints.
(d) To the Island of Delights.

8. 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.

9. Who met Brendan and his son during their journey?
(a) A hermit named Paul.
(b) A young man carrying a basket of bread.
(c) A dog that led them to their provisions.
(d) A man with an aura of shining light.

10. How were Benedict and Sigfrith able to meet with each other shortly before they died from their illnesses, according to Bede?
(a) Sigfrith was carried to Benedict's room on a stretcher.
(b) They were placed in wheel chairs and wheeled to meet with each other daily.
(c) They were moved to the basement of Wearmouth and spent their remaining days together.
(d) They were kept in the same room in the hospital.

11. How long did Eosterwine serve as abbot over Wearmouth, according to Bede?
(a) 12 years until he became abbot over Jarrow.
(b) 17 years until his death.
(c) Seven years until the pope beckoned him to Rome.
(d) Four years until his death.

12. What foundation does Bede credit Benedict with beginning?
(a) Northumbria.
(b) Melrose.
(c) Ripon.
(d) Jarrow.

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

14. To where does the anonymous writer claim that Brendan traveled after he took a series of three day fasts that lasted 40 days?
(a) To the Valley of Virtue.
(b) To the Meadow of Miracles.
(c) To the island of a holy monk called Enda.
(d) To the Island of Delights.

15. Why did Benedict name Ceolfrith to be abbot over the two monasteries he helped to build, according to the anonymous author?
(a) Because Ceolfrith showed his grasp of Christian understanding in debates with other monks.
(b) Because both Benedict and the abbot who preceded Ceolfrith, Sigfrith, were on their deathbeds.
(c) Because Ceolfrith was faithful in helping to start other abbeys.
(d) Because Ceolfrith was the best candidate after the plague had caused the death of many monks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What custom arose from the burial of Ceolfrith?

2. Why did Brendan chastise his fellow travelers for putting their flasks into streams running from the island to quench their thirst, according to the anonymous writer?

3. What practice did Ceolfrith pass on to the monks who joined him in building the new monastery?

4. What does the anonymous author report appeared before the traveling party after it had finished singing on its way back to its boat?

5. How long did Ceolfrith preside over the responsibilities appointed to him by Benedict?

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