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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What apostle and New Testament book does the anonymous author on the history of Ceolfrith cite as his inspiration for writing the book.
(a) He cites the Apostle Paul's letter to the Hebrews.
(b) He cites the Gospel of John.
(c) He cites the epistles of St. Peter.
(d) He cites the Apostle Paul's letters to the Corinthians.

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 125, "As the Mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people."
(b) 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!"
(c) Psalm 91, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
(d) Psalm 66, "May God have mercy on us and bless us, lighten his face and have mercy on us."

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

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

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

6. 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 Island of Delights.
(c) To the Meadow of Miracles.
(d) To the island of a holy monk called Enda.

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

8. What did some of the monks who buried Ceolfrith take to Rome on his behalf, according to the anonymous author?
(a) Icons of Ceolfrith to be kept with other holy icons.
(b) A letter to the pope requesting more books of learning for the church.
(c) A painting of Ceolfrith made just prior to his death.
(d) A Bible translated from Hebrew and Greek originals according to the interpretation of Priest Jerome.

9. What does the anonymous author report appeared before the traveling party after it had finished singing on its way back to its boat?
(a) A castle for their protection.
(b) A table laid for a meal.
(c) A guide for their direction.
(d) A fire for their warmth.

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

11. Upon their second meeting of the creatures who were fallen angels, what was announced to Brendan and his party, according to the anonymous author?
(a) Their voyage was nearly over.
(b) God would take them safely home.
(c) Brendan and his party would spend a year at four different places that were to represent the four seasons of the year.
(d) Brendan and his party would come to what appeared to be a rocky island, but was not.

12. How does the anonymous author claim Brendan's party finally arrived to the island they had been seeking?
(a) A fair wind sprang up and saved them from being overtaxed by the effort of rowing.
(b) By riding on the back of a whale.
(c) They were carried by angels after winds had died.
(d) They rowed vigorously for 40 days.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did the anonymous author claim chose Ceolfrith to help him build a monastery?

2. Whose death was Ceolfrith compared in the letter from Rome?

3. 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?

4. What did Bede report Benedict brought back to Britain after his third trip to Rome?

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

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