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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. Which duke of Theodoric petitioned the king over the land Wilfrid where was preaching to have Wilfrid sent to him dead or alive, according to Stephanus?

2. Which Northumbrian cleric does Farmer record as being trained in Lindisfarne?

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

4. What kind of battles does Farmer report the church leaders in "The Age of Bede" fought?

5. What was the result of the prayers Cuthbert led while he and two brethren were stranded during a sea voyage without provisions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What unique power does Bede claim that Cuthbert's prayers held?

3. How far does the anonymous writer claim Ceolfrith got on his last pilgrimage to Rome?

4. When an island sailed away from Brendan's party, how did God explain the event to Brendan, according to the anonymous writer?

5. Why does the anonymous writer of "The History of Abbot Ceolfrith" claim he wrote the book?

6. What did the anonymous writer report to be surrounding Judas Iscariot when Brendan's party came upon him?

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

8. How long were Brendan and his party out to sea before they ran out of food after they departed their first destination, according to the anonymous writer?

9. What did a bird tell Brendan that his flock actually was, according to the anonymous writer?

10. What does Farmer cite as the earliest work of "The Age of Bede," and what makes it different from the other four texts?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Stephanus reports several episodes during which Wilfrid's service is challenged and his life is even threatened. Choose one of those events and identify the cause of the challenge, how Wilfrid dealt with the challenge, how he was delivered from the challenge, and the eventual consequences of the challenge to Wilfrid and those who brought it.

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 Life of Bede" is a record of efforts of Christians to introduce their faith to pagans in the British Isles. How did the efforts of the early Christian monks and clergymen of the British Isles helped to shape the institutions of Western Civilization? Use examples from the book and connect what you know of current culture to those examples.

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