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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For what two countries does Farmer claim "The Age of Bede" to be an important source of early Christian Church history?
(a) England and France.
(b) Rome and Ireland.
(c) Ireland and The Netherlands.
(d) England and Ireland.

2. Which Northumbrian cleric does Farmer record as being trained in Lindisfarne?
(a) Columbanus.
(b) Cuthbert.
(c) Brendan.
(d) Wilfrid

3. Why did Bede address his prologue to its named recipient?
(a) To assure future Christians that the church was founded by men of reliable virtue.
(b) To show his father that his devotion was being manifested in good works.
(c) To affirm he virtues of Cuthbert to those whom he served.
(d) So the reader would know that the work was undertaken in compliance with the Bishop's wishes.

4. What was the first miracle that Bede reports that Cuthbert performed?
(a) He brought a sheriff's wife back to life.
(b) He healed a sick boy near death.
(c) He healed himself of a lame leg.
(d) He calmed a wind that had nearly blown rafts carrying monks to sea with his prayers.

5. How does Bede claim Christian converts profaned their faith in Chapter 9?
(a) With their works.
(b) With their sloth.
(c) With the coarse language.
(d) With their ill-gotten gains.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom did Bede write the prologue to his "Life of Cuthbert"?

2. Which document by Bede, according to Farmer, acts as a biography and a local history?

3. To whom did Stephanus address his record of the "Life of Wilfrid"?

4. What came of a phantom fire that came upon a village while Bede reports that Cuthbert was teaching on the distractions of the devil?

5. What does Farmer claim to be the document that the earliest monk wrote?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Stephanus report King Theodoric of the Franks rejected a letter requesting Wilfred be returned dead or alive to his see to face trial?

2. Why does Farmer consider Bede's "Lives of the Abbots" historically significant?

3. According to Farmer, why is Stephanus's "Life of Wilfrid" unique among all literature?

4. Why does Farmer consider "The Voyage of St. Brendan" an important text in "The Age of Bede"?

5. Who does Bede cite as helping him revise the text of "The Life of Cuthbert"?

6. Why does Stephanus claim that King Egfrith and his queen, Iurminburgh, conspired to remove Wilfred from his position as bishop?

7. Why does Farmer consider the lives of the men profiled in "The Age of Bede" important to the Christian history of their region?

8. Who does Farmer identify as the two subjects from "The Age of Bede" who were from Northumbria?

9. What are the five texts that make up the "Age of Bede"?

10. Who does Stephanus report that Wilfred nominated to become abbot after his death?

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