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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 the anonymous author claim presided over the monastery before Ceolfrith joined it?

2. To what abbey does Bede report Benedict named Eosterwine?

3. What form did fallen angels take on Brendan's journey, according to the anonymous author?

4. How was the light for the island provided in the story the anonymous writer recorded from Brendan?

5. Who did Bede report was chosen to replace Ceolfrith?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the anonymous writer claim Ceolfrith accompanied Benedict on a trip to Rome?

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

3. How did a hermit named Paul claim he received his food while he was on a journey to his final resting place, according to the anonymous writer?

4. 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?

5. Who did Ceolfrith allow the monks to choose as abbot for the monasteries at Jarrow and Wearmouth as he prepared to take a pilgrimage to Rome, according to Bede?

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

7. 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?

8. For what cause did the anonymous writer report that Brendan selected 14 monks?

9. Why did Bede claim that Benedict passed on the land that King Oswiu awarded him as a thane of Oswiu's kingdom?

10. For what does the anonymous writer claim that Brendan was renowned?

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

"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 3

Ceolfrith made pilgrimages to Rome and Europe with Benedict. Detail two contributions to British Christianity that Ceolfrith assisted Benedict bringing from their pilgrimages, and explain how those contributions have helped to shape Christian thoughts and practices today.

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