The Age of Bede Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. What does Farmer identify as the basic theme of the "Navigatio"?

3. How did Cuthbert respond to converts who were falling away from the faith, according to Bede?

4. To whom did Cuthbert prophesy his own death, according to Bede?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. When and where does Farmer write the saints covered in "The Age of Bede" lived?

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. What statement does Stephanus write to defend the facts he reports in "The Life of Wilfred"?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

"The Voyage of St. Brendan" is a book of allegory and fantasy. Choose two characters or episodes from the book that can have allegorical significance with regard to Christian doctrine.

Essay Topic 3

Identify three events in "The Life of Cuthbert" that are historically reasonable and coinciding miraculous or mystical events that occurred during those events. Use the intermingling of history with the miraculous to establish a pattern that can define Bede's purpose for writing "The Life of Cuthbert." Was it to entertain, teach, evangelize, or is there another purpose that you see.

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