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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the name of the monastery spoken of in "Caedmon's Vision"?
(a) Dominion.
(b) Mantre.
(c) Whitby.
(d) Frentage.

3. What is a compressed narrative poem?
(a) A lay.
(b) A kenning.
(c) A prose.
(d) A ceasura.

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

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

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

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

8. What is the name of the governing assemblies from the Anglo-Saxon period?
(a) Soothslayers.
(b) Cleric-bards,
(c) Wyrds.
(d) Folk-moots.

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

10. In what book are the "six so-called Elegies" found?
(a) Exeter.
(b) Cathedral Chronicles.
(c) Byron's Canon.
(d) Chronicles of Wyrd.

11. What is the name of the High Priest who "replied without hesitation in "King Edwin's Council"?
(a) Flambert.
(b) Coifi.
(c) Derwent.
(d) Paulinus.

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

13. What poem is described by the author as "an antiquarian's delight"?
(a) The Wanderer.
(b) The Ruin.
(c) Beowulf.
(d) Wulf.

14. In "The Wife's Lament," where is the wife forced to live?
(a) In a foreign castle.
(b) In a barn.
(c) In an earth-cave.
(d) In a well.

15. Who wrote "Letter to the English"?
(a) Alfred.
(b) Kent.
(c) Canute.
(d) Wulfstan.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is jealous of Beowulf?

2. According to The Laws of Wihtred, who is free from taxation?

3. According to the author, what did Anglo-Saxons fail to do for their poetry?

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

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

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