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. Who does Bede report provided the land for St. Peter's Monastery?

2. How often did the traveling party eat on the journey away from the island?

3. What does Bede report came of King Egfrid during Benedict's journey?

4. How long did Eosterwine serve as abbot over Wearmouth, according to Bede?

5. Who confirmed the choice of Ceolfrith's replacement, according to Bede?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What did a bird tell Brendan that his flock actually was, according to the anonymous writer?

4. Why does the anonymous writer of "The History of Abbot Ceolfrith" claim he wrote the book?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. How did the abbot at Wearmouth die while Benedict was on a pilgrimage to Rome according to Bede?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Stephanus reports several episodes during which Wilfrid's service is challenged and his life is even threatened. Choose one of those events and identify the cause of the challenge, how Wilfrid dealt with the challenge, how he was delivered from the challenge, and the eventual consequences of the challenge to Wilfrid and those who brought it.

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