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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the anonymous author report that Brendan said a rocky island that had no sand on its beach actually was?
(a) The greatest of all creatures that swim, called Jasconius.
(b) The back of Satan.
(c) A trick played on them by demons.
(d) The Turtle of Truth.

2. What Psalm did the monks from St. Peter's sing to Ceolfrith as he left on his pilgrimage, according to the anonymous author?
(a) Psalm 91, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
(b) Psalm 125, "As the Mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people."
(c) Psalm 20, "May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!"
(d) Psalm 66, "May God have mercy on us and bless us, lighten his face and have mercy on us."

3. How did a dignified old man communicate to Brendan's party while observing a vow of silence, according to the anonymous author?
(a) Through birds who knew his thoughts.
(b) Through sending this thoughts directly to Brendan's mind.
(c) Through hand gestures.
(d) Through angels who kept a close vigil with him.

4. What does the anonymous writer claim came into view after the ship ran out of food?
(a) A whale.
(b) A lush, forested island.
(c) A deserted island.
(d) A high rocky island.

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

6. In what book from the Bible does Bede claim Benedict took comfort during nights he could not sleep during his illness?
(a) Psalms.
(b) Job.
(c) Proverbs.
(d) Ecclesiastes.

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

8. Who donated the land for Benedict to build a monastery in Northumbria, according to Bede?
(a) King Dagobert.
(b) King Egfrid.
(c) The Holy Synod.
(d) King Ecgfrith.

9. 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 island of a holy monk called Enda.
(b) To the Island of Delights.
(c) To the Valley of Virtue.
(d) To the Meadow of Miracles.

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

11. How did Brendan's traveling party arrive at the next island?
(a) They rowed vigorously for 40 days.
(b) A fair wind sprang up and saved them from being overtaxed by the effort of rowing.
(c) They were carried by angels after winds had died.
(d) They were carried on the back of a whale.

12. Who does the anonymous author claim provided Brendan's traveling party with food as it left this island?
(a) A man with an aura of shining light.
(b) A hermit named Paul.
(c) A young man carrying a basket of bread.
(d) A dog.

13. What quote does the anonymous author of Ceolfrith's history use to advise readers of his work?
(a) "The texts presented in this volume are important sources to the history of the Christian Church."
(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 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."

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Bede report Benedict appointed as abbot over the foundation he started?

2. What decision does Bede report Benedict made while Benedict and Sigfrith were on their deathbeds?

3. How long does the Anonymous writer claim Brendan and his party traveled before they ran out of food after they left the destination to which they traveled after the 40 days of fasting?

4. What foundation does Bede credit Benedict with beginning?

5. From whom did Bede claim Benedict bought the unique collection during his fifth trip to Rome?

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