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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. From what royal family does Bede claim Benedict descended?

2. What illness does Bede report came to Benedict shortly after Sigfrith became abbot of Wearmouth?

3. Why does the anonymous author claim that King Egfrith donated the resources for building another church and monastery?

4. During their journey, what did they discover surrounded Judas Iscariot?

5. At what age does the anonymous author of Ceolfrith's history claim he became a monk?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who did Bede record the monks at Wearmouth had chosen as the replacement for the abbot chosen by Benedict?

3. In what practice did Ceolfrith train new monks and priests, according to the anonymous writer?

4. What action does the anonymous writer claim Ceolfrith took when he decided he was too old to be a good example to his followers?

5. Who provided the land for which a church and monastery could be built by Ceolfrith and Benedict according to the anonymous writer?

6. How did Ceolfrith's training under Abbot Botulf influence his life as a church leader, according to the anonymous author?

7. When Benedict and Sigrith were confined to their beds due to illness, what responsibility does the anonymous writer report Benedict passed to Ceolfrith?

8. What was the first trip that Brendan and his 14 monks took after a series of thee-day fasts over 40 days according to the anonymous writer?

9. Who does Bede note that Benedict chose as abbot for the new monastery he built at Jarrow?

10. What did the bird tell Brendan was their punishment from God for their sin, according to the anonymous writer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Bede was monk at Jarrow during the late 7th and early 8th centuries. He is known as the "Father of English History." Give details of how Bede's personal service directed his choice of figures for which to write biographies, the events he chose to cover, and how he characterized the influence these figures had on the region in which they served.

Essay Topic 3

Farmer characterizes Bede's "Life of Cuthbert" as a hagiography that borrows from previously written biographies and legends of Cuthbert. Using Bede's "Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow" as a barometer for Bede's pure style for reporting historical fact, identify three examples from "The Life of Cuthbert" that can be assumed to be borrowed from previous legends and biographies and explain your choices with examples comparing "The Life of Cuthbert" with "The lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow."

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