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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What quote does the anonymous author of Ceolfrith's history use to advise readers of his work?
(a) "Remind yourselves that I have written nothing about the saint without first subjectng the facts to the most thorough scrutiny."
(b) "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."
(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 texts presented in this volume are important sources to the history of the Christian Church."

2. How many total years does the anonymous author report that Ceolfrith ruled separately over the monasteries of St. Peter and St. Paul?
(a) 27.
(b) 16.
(c) 12.
(d) 8.

3. Who was chosen by the monks to serve as abbot in Ceolfrith's absence, according to the anonymous author?
(a) Hwaethberht.
(b) Abbot Botulf.
(c) Sigfrith.
(d) Cuthbert.

4. 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) "God has provided for our needs . . ."
(c) "Do not let your desire for the physical overcome your need for the Holy . . ."
(d) "Be on your guard, brethren, lest Satan lead you into temptation . . ."

5. Who does Bede report provided the land for St. Peter's Monastery?
(a) King Ecgfrith.
(b) King Egfrid.
(c) The Holy Synod.
(d) King Dagobert.

6. What decision does Bede report Benedict made while Benedict and Sigfrith were on their deathbeds?
(a) Benedict chose Eosterwine as abbot over Wearmouth.
(b) Benedict chose Hwaetbehrt as abbot over Jarrow.
(c) Benedict ordered the collection of books he brought from Rome back to where they came.
(d) Benedict named Ceolfrith abbot over both Wearmouth and Jarrow.

7. How long did the person who met Brendan and his son claim they had been on the island without eating food or drink or taking any sleep?
(a) 7 days
(b) 3 days.
(c) For a whole year.
(d) 40 days.

8. Who welcomed Ceolfrith in Gaul, according to the anonymous author?
(a) King Aldfrid.
(b) King Ecgfrith.
(c) King Hilperic.
(d) King Egfrid.

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

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

11. 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 epistles of St. Peter.
(b) He cites the Gospel of John.
(c) He cites the Apostle Paul's letters to the Corinthians.
(d) He cites the Apostle Paul's letter to the Hebrews.

12. Who does the anonymous author claim presided over the monastery before Ceolfrith joined it?
(a) Abbot Botulf.
(b) Bishop Wilford.
(c) Ceolfrith's brother, Cynefrith.
(d) Ceolfrith's cousin, Tunbert.

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

14. 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?
(a) Because it was clear that they had come upon a stagnant lake.
(b) Because God had not shown them a way to land on the Island.
(c) Because he had seen corpses on the bank.
(d) Because he had a dream that demons had led them to a poisoned stream.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the anonymous author claim that Ceolfrith came to study for the priesthood?

2. What custom arose from the burial of Ceolfrith?

3. Where was the monastery that the anonymous author report Ceolfrith joined?

4. What form did fallen angels take on Brendan's journey, according to the anonymous author?

5. What was announced to Brendan's party would come after seven years from the announcement by the fallen angels, according to the anonymous author?

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