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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the person that "was a crucial member of a tribe or a society" and existed as "a living memory"?
(a) The knave.
(b) The scop.
(c) The jester.
(d) The clergy.

2. Where does the author state that the emotional center of "Deor" lies (which lines)?
(a) The last eight.
(b) The first eight.
(c) The first four lines.
(d) The center stanza.

3. In "The Finnesburh Fragment," what does the first line say is "not burning"?
(a) The sky.
(b) The pits of Hell.
(c) The spires.
(d) The gables.

4. In "The Battle of Maldon," who "over-confidently allowed the Danes to cross the causeway"?
(a) King of Wessex.
(b) King Alfred.
(c) Bede.
(d) Byrhtnoth.

5. Where is Hrothgar's kingdom?
(a) East Saxon.
(b) Northumbria.
(c) Hwicca.
(d) Daneland.

6. According to Wihtred's law 9, how much money is a servant to pay if he is found guilty of working between Saturday evening and Sunday evening?
(a) 80 sceattas.
(b) 50 sceattas.
(c) 25 sceattas.
(d) 100 sceattas.

7. What is the date of Bede's death?
(a) December 25, 631.
(b) January 4, 704.
(c) May 25, 735.
(d) October 28, 739.

8. What does Beowulf give to Wiglaf to signify Wiglaf's rise to king?
(a) A banner.
(b) A goblet.
(c) A sword.
(d) A necklace.

9. According to number 19, in "Letter to the People of England," how many men are to go to church and "make supplication"?
(a) Only the bards.
(b) All priests.
(c) All men.
(d) Only the lords.

10. What does the author in the introduction to the Heroic Poems section state is the "finest expression of the code" (the Germanic Heroic code)?
(a) "The Finnesburh Fragment."
(b) "Beowulf."
(c) "The Battle of Maldon."
(d) "Deor."

11. Who does the author in the introduction to the Laws section say, "most of us" need to turn to in order to "establish the exact wording of a law"?
(a) A priest.
(b) A law writer.
(c) A solicitor.
(d) A barrister.

12. Whose arrival signaled the Golden Age of Northumbria?
(a) Celtic monks.
(b) Bede.
(c) Columbia.
(d) Cuthbert.

13. Where does the wanderer's "best source of comfort lie"?
(a) In his lord.
(b) In himself.
(c) In his sails.
(d) In hope for land.

14. What does "The Seafarer" learn that ships are homes of?
(a) Saddness.
(b) Honesty.
(c) Hope.
(d) Solitude.

15. What is the name of the island that Cuthbert died on?
(a) Great Farne.
(b) Geatland Isle.
(c) Frumberia.
(d) Viestiern.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote "Letter to the English"?

2. Who does the author of "The Battle of Brunanburh" state is a "man of discretion"?

3. What two words were used in a trial by ordeal to define the seriousness of the crime?

4. In "The Wife's Lament," where is the wife forced to live?

5. What does the Introduction to the Law section say was gagged upon when fed to Ecclesiastics if they were found guilty?

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