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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose translation of "The Wanderer" is best known?
(a) Ezra Pound's.
(b) Socrates'.
(c) J.R.R. Tolkien's.
(d) Shakespeare's.

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

3. What is the oldest surviving poem written in Old English?
(a) The Dream of the Rood.
(b) Wulf.
(c) Hymn.
(d) Beowulf.

4. On Christmas Day under the rule of Augustine ten thousand people were baptized through what method?
(a) Baptism by fire.
(b) Christening.
(c) Baptism of repentance.
(d) Complete immersion.

5. How many shillings will it cost someone if they were to "breach the Church's protection"?
(a) 25 shilings.
(b) 75 shillings.
(c) 15 shillings.
(d) 50 shillings.

6. In "Cuthbert's Death and Disinterment," what type of home did Cuthbert seek out?
(a) Heavenly home.
(b) Forbidden home.
(c) Godly home.
(d) Island home.

7. What is the name of Hrothgar's mead-hall?
(a) Hroegrath.
(b) Heorot.
(c) Hell's Hall.
(d) Hrendrelth.

8. 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.

9. According to the introduction to the Heroic Poems section, what do heroic poems link our Anglo-Saxon ancestors to?
(a) European origins.
(b) Geatland origins.
(c) French origins.
(d) Dutch origins.

10. How many men, in a trial by ordeal, are required to test the heat of the water?
(a) 1 from "each side".
(b) 4 from "each side".
(c) 2 from "each side".
(d) 3 from "each side".

11. In "Germania," what is stated as the reason a chief fights?
(a) For his father.
(b) For family.
(c) For victory.
(d) For his king.

12. What does Beowulf use to fight Grendel?
(a) A dagger.
(b) Nothing--no weapon.
(c) A chain.
(d) A sword.

13. During what century did the first Anglo-Saxon settlers migrate to England?
(a) 8th.
(b) 5th.
(c) 7th.
(d) 6th.

14. According to The Laws of Wihtred, who is free from taxation?
(a) The Bards.
(b) Knights.
(c) The Church.
(d) Scops.

15. In what year was Cuthbert's coffin opened in Durham Cathedral?
(a) 1005.
(b) 1104.
(c) 1010.
(d) 985.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year were Wihtred's laws issued?

2. In how many "key relationships" did the heart of the Anglo-Saxon society lay?

3. Whose arrival signaled the Golden Age of Northumbria?

4. Why, according to Wihtred's law number 4, will foreigners be forced to "depart from the land with their goods and their sins"?

5. During what century were the Anglo-Saxons converted to Christianity?

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