The Age of Bede Test | Final 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. At what age does the anonymous author of Ceolfrith's history claim he became a monk?

2. What apostle and New Testament book does the anonymous author on the history of Ceolfrith cite as his inspiration for writing the book.

3. Why did Brendan chastise his fellow travelers for putting their flasks into streams running from the island to quench their thirst, according to the anonymous writer?

4. To where does the anonymous writer claim that Brendan traveled after he took a series of three day fasts that lasted 40 days?

5. Why did Benedict name Ceolfrith to be abbot over the two monasteries he helped to build, according to the anonymous author?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Bede claim endorsed the choice of the monks of Jarrow and Wearmouth?

2. Who does the anonymous author claim chose Ceolfrith to become a priest?

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. Who does the anonymous writer claim served as Brendan's party's guide for finding food after they had run out the first time on their trip?

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

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

10. Where did Benedict learn his practice of Christianity, according to Bede?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wilfrid performed several miracles throughout the time he grew in stature and faced challenges from opponents. Find two such miracles and detail how they affirmed his Christian devotion and stood as signs to others that God was guarding his ministry.

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

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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