The Age of Bede Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. To where had Bredan's son fled to live the life of a hermit with other monks, according to the story recorded by the anonymous author?

2. To what cause does Bede claim Benedict devoted himself after he traveled to Rome to visit the tombs of the Apostles?

3. From whom did Bede claim Benedict bought the unique collection during his fifth trip to Rome?

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

5. Where does the anonymous author report Ceolfrith was buried?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Some of the accounts presented in "The Age of Bede" contain more fantastical events than others. All are considered histories. Pick the account you find most similar to the way historical accounts are written today and describe the similarities.

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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