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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) Constantine.
(b) Byrnth.
(c) Grebes.
(d) Stolkharth.

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

3. 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) "Deor."
(b) "The Finnesburh Fragment."
(c) "Beowulf."
(d) "The Battle of Maldon."

4. 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 clergy.
(c) The jester.
(d) The scop.

5. 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) Reference.
(c) Mood.
(d) Time.

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

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

8. What "paths" must the wanderer follow given "fate is inflexible"?
(a) Wyrd.
(b) Exile.
(c) Fate.
(d) Hope.

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

10. At what age (the boys' age) did Irish monks begin to train Anglo-Saxon boys as novices?
(a) 7.
(b) 10.
(c) 11.
(d) 5.

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

12. 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 fail the rights of passage."
(b) If they "fail to recognize the king's laws."
(c) If they "refuse to succumb to fate."
(d) If they do not "rugularize their marriage."

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

14. What is the name of the hero in "The Finnesburh Fragment"?
(a) Hrothgar.
(b) Beowulf.
(c) Hengest.
(d) Wyglaf.

15. What century was it when pagan Germanic tribesman "swarmed" into England?
(a) 5th.
(b) 4th.
(c) 6th.
(d) 7th.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many men, in a trial by ordeal, are required to test the heat of the water?

3. What does "The Seafarer" learn that ships are homes of?

4. What was the name of the man who witnessed Bede's death?

5. Who is jealous of Beowulf?

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