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 Stephanus claim taught Wilfrid the rules of Easter while he was in this city?

2. What term does Farmer use to identify a community of monks?

3. What text does Bede report that Boisil recommended to Cuthbert?

4. Who does Bede report gave Cuthbert a cure for a tumor on his knee?

5. What were Brendan's most important monasteries, according to Farmer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What miracle does Stephanus report occurred during the birth of Wilfred?

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

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

4. How did Cuthbert drive away crows that were invading the crops he grew while he was living as a hermit, according to Bede?

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

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

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

8. What is Farmer's closing opinion of the texts of "The Age of Bede"?

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

10. Who does Stephanus credit with introducing Wilfred to the pope and teaching him the rules of Easter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In his travels Ceolfrith dealt with several kings on the British Isles and in Europe. Choose two of these kings and detail the type of relationship Ceolfrith had with them. How did Ceolfrith's relationships with these kings benefit or hinder his ministry with the abbeys of Wearmouth and Jarrow.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

"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.

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