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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How was Cuthbert's Friday fast broken on one occasion at the vesper's hour according to Bede?

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

3. Who does Bede claim first chastised Cuthbert for his idleness and his indulgences?

4. Who does Stephanus claim introduced Wilfrid to the Pope?

5. What does Farmer claim to be the name of the author of the "Navigatio"?

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. Who does Bede report presided over a great synod that selected Cuthbert as Bishop of Lindisfarne?

3. According to Farmer in the Introduction, how did Irish monasteries become established?

4. To whom did Bede write "The Life of Cuthbert"?

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

6. What does Bede report a monk witnessed when he followed Cuthbert to spy on an evening prayer vigil?

7. Why did Bede claim that he wrote "The Life of Cuthbert"?

8. Who does Bede credit with healing Cuthbert from a childhood disease that made him lame?

9. Why was Wilfred sent to prison, according to Stephanus?

10. To whom was Stephanus being obedient with his record of "The Life of Wilfred"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eddius Stephanus was a contemporary of Wilfrid, and he constructed "The Life of Wilfrid" from the time he spent in service to Wilfrid. Find three examples from the book that illustrate Stephanus's involvement in the events in the book and from your examination detail what you believe to be Stephanus's role in his work with Wilfrid.

Essay Topic 2

Wilfrid gained acclaim with his debate on the "Easter Question" with Bishop Colman. His presentation, which was Rome's view on when Easter should be celebrated, also preceded the opposition that came against his various offices through his career. Using observations made in D.H. Farmer's introduction and information from "The Life of Wilfrid," identify why Wilfrid's position might have motivated opposition to his leadership throughout England and explain the long-term consequences to the observation Christian holidays, especially Easter.

Essay Topic 3

The monasteries in Wearmouth and Jarrow stand as monuments to Benedict's leadership qualities. Find three examples from Bede's "Lives of the Abbots . . ." that demonstrate Benedict's leadership qualities, his foresightedness, and his devotion to establish the Church on the British Isles on firm doctrinal ground. Explain how his management style and efforts would be effective for leaders in current times.

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