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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, what did Anglo-Saxons fail to do for their poetry?
(a) Follow the "code".
(b) Pay hommage to their past.
(c) Title them.
(d) Honor God.

2. Who was "Letter to the English" meant to act as moral support for?
(a) Duke Sententon.
(b) King Alfred.
(c) Earl Thorkel.
(d) Prince Kent.

3. 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) 25 sceattas.
(b) 100 sceattas.
(c) 50 sceattas.
(d) 80 sceattas.

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

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

6. According to the author of the introduction to The Elegies, what do many Anglo-Saxon poems fail to have a "sufficient frame" of?
(a) Truth.
(b) Time.
(c) Mood.
(d) Reference.

7. In how many "key relationships" did the heart of the Anglo-Saxon society lay?
(a) 1.
(b) 2.
(c) 4.
(d) 3.

8. Wihtred was king over what people?
(a) Daneland.
(b) Kent.
(c) Geatland.
(d) South Dane.

9. Why does the author say that Alfred failed to put some laws into writing?
(a) They only refered to those who were poor.
(b) They were based on common sense.
(c) They were only meant for those who could not read.
(d) They were based upon critical thought.

10. What does Beowulf tear off of Grendel?
(a) His leg.
(b) His tail.
(c) His hand.
(d) His arm.

11. How was the history and legends of the Anglo-Saxons transmitted?
(a) Written anthologies.
(b) Canons.
(c) Word of mouth.
(d) They were not discovered until late in the 14th century and then written down.

12. What causes Beowulf's death?
(a) Dragon bite.
(b) Dragon fire.
(c) He drowns in the ocean.
(d) He falls from a cliff.

13. When does the author believe that "Waldere" was written?
(a) 8th century.
(b) 12th century.
(c) 5th century.
(d) 10th century.

14. 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 law writer.
(b) A solicitor.
(c) A barrister.
(d) A priest.

15. What two words were used in a trial by ordeal to define the seriousness of the crime?
(a) "Thricen" and "Shrine".
(b) "Single" and "Threefold".
(c) "MIsendon" and "Candicet".
(d) "Misson" and "Molten".

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Pope Gregory invite Augustine to convert the English to Christianity?

2. Who does Hrothgar know from Beowulf's family?

3. What is the name of the governing assemblies from the Anglo-Saxon period?

4. According to Byrhthelm in "The Battle of Maldon," who alone can say who would control the battle field?

5. In what year was Bede born?

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