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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Bede claim Sigfrid came to be promoted from deacon to abbot after Eosterwine's left his abbey?
(a) The pope named him to the position.
(b) Benedict appointed him.
(c) He was elected over Hwaetberht.
(d) He was appointed abbot by the remaining brethren at Wearmouth and by Ceolfrith.

2. What does Bede report came of King Egfrid during Benedict's journey?
(a) Egfrid came under siege.
(b) Egfrid was slain.
(c) Egfrid contracted leprosy.
(d) Egfrid began distributing his wealth to heirs.

3. Who did the anonymous author claim chose Ceolfrith to help him build a monastery?
(a) Abbot Benedict.
(b) Cuthbert.
(c) Brendan.
(d) Sigfrith.

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

5. Who does Bede write about as the abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow?
(a) Benedict, Cuthbert, Wilfrid, and Brendan.
(b) Ceolfrith, Eosterwine, Cuthbert, and Colman.
(c) Benedict, Ceolfrith, Eosterwine, Sigfrith, and Hwaetberht.
(d) Benedict, Ceolfrith, Ahlfrid, and Ecgfrith.

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

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

8. How does the anonymous author claim Brendan's party finally arrived to the island they had been seeking?
(a) By riding on the back of a whale.
(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 rowed vigorously for 40 days.

9. What does the anonymous writer of the "Voyage of St. Brendan" document as Brendan's lineage?
(a) He was brother of Benedict.
(b) He was Father of Ceolfrith and Cynefrith.
(c) He was the son of Cuthbert and grandson of Benedict.
(d) He was the son of Findlug, great-grandson of Atla of the line of Eogen.

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

11. Where was the monastery that the anonymous author report Ceolfrith joined?
(a) Gilling.
(b) Melrose.
(c) Jarrow.
(d) Wearmouth.

12. Why does the anonymous author claim that King Egfrith donated the resources for building another church and monastery?
(a) For the redemption of his soul.
(b) To set an example of the support his subjects should give to Christianity.
(c) To show appreciation to Ceolfrith for healing his wife.
(d) To bring the blessings of God on his reign.

13. What illness does Bede report came to Benedict shortly after Sigfrith became abbot of Wearmouth?
(a) The plague.
(b) He suffered creeping paralysis.
(c) He was taken by consumption.
(d) Leprosy.

14. Whose death was Ceolfrith compared in the letter from Rome?
(a) Noah who died after he had delivered his family through the flood.
(b) St. John who died after he had delivered the Revelation.
(c) Moses and Aaron who died before they could enter the Promised Land.
(d) Enoch who did not die, but walked with God.

15. What does Bede trace as Eosterwine's relationship to Benedict?
(a) They were brothers.
(b) They were cousins.
(c) They were theological rivals.
(d) They were in-laws.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Bede report provided the land for St. Peter's Monastery?

2. Upon their second meeting of the creatures who were fallen angels, what was announced to Brendan and his party, according to the anonymous author?

3. What skill was brought from France to Britain as a result of the construction of the monastery in Northumbria, according to Bede?

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

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

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