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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does the author of "The Battle of Brunanburh" state is a "man of discretion"?
(a) Stolkharth.
(b) Grebes.
(c) Byrnth.
(d) Constantine.

2. Why, according to Wihtred's law number 4, will foreigners be forced to "depart from the land with their goods and their sins"?
(a) If they "refuse to succumb to fate."
(b) If they "fail to recognize the king's laws."
(c) If they do not "rugularize their marriage."
(d) If they fail the rights of passage."

3. What does the word "wergild" mean?
(a) A families land.
(b) The succession of kinship.
(c) The naming of a bard.
(d) A man's value.

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

5. In "Deor", what did Weland "well know about"?
(a) Hommage.
(b) Exile.
(c) Honor.
(d) Victory.

6. Who helped Beowulf fight the dragon?
(a) Hrothgar.
(b) Unferth.
(c) Wiglaf.
(d) Hrethric.

7. Besides "The Wife's Lament," what is the only other Anglo-Saxon poem written by a woman?
(a) Wulf.
(b) Brazen.
(c) The Marriage-Oath.
(d) The Promise

8. What does Hrothgar promise Beowulf for killing Grendel?
(a) Knighthood.
(b) Treasure.
(c) A wife.
(d) Kinghood.

9. Who was the patron saint of Northumbria?
(a) Bede.
(b) Cuthbert.
(c) Columbia.
(d) Renche.

10. What does the Introduction to the Law section say was gagged upon when fed to Ecclesiastics if they were found guilty?
(a) Bread and cheese.
(b) Mashed grains.
(c) Saturated wheat.
(d) Consecrated wine.

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

12. What adjective does the poet of "The Seafarer" use to describe the song that he sings of himself?
(a) Sad.
(b) Dorment.
(c) Angry.
(d) True.

13. In "The Battle of Maldon," who does Byrhtnoth order to dismount?
(a) His wife.
(b) Every warrior.
(c) The priest.
(d) His bard.

14. How many men does Grendel murder just before his fight with Beowulf?
(a) 10.
(b) 15.
(c) 5.
(d) 1.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes Beowulf's death?

2. Whose translation of "The Wanderer" is best known?

3. In "The Finnesburh Fragment," what does the first line say is "not burning"?

4. According to the author in the introduction what (other than "Beowulf") is the best -known Anglo-Saxon poem?

5. In a trial by ordeal, which rule speaks to the fine one would pay if found invalid and having broken the rules of the trial by ordeal?

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