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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is "elf-shot"?
(a) Dysentary
(b) Disambiguation.
(c) Lumbago.
(d) Mange.

2. In what year did Pope Gregory pen a letter to Candidus?
(a) 557.
(b) 595.
(c) 410.
(d) 603.

3. In what year was the "terrible winter" in "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle"?
(a) 847.
(b) 296.
(c) 631.
(d) 763.

4. What physical feature did Gregory state made the name of the "Angles" appropriate?
(a) Their hands.
(b) Their hair.
(c) Their faces.
(d) Their bowed heads.

5. What does the first object in "Thirty-One Riddles" plunge through?
(a) Waves.
(b) Wind.
(c) Minds.
(d) Brush.

6. In what year did Alcuin of York leave England at the request of Charlemagne?
(a) 598.
(b) 782.
(c) 741.
(d) 677.

7. At dawn what is the first thing that the ploughman does in the morning?
(a) Start a fire.
(b) Milk the goats.
(c) Drive oxen to field.
(d) Feed the cattle.

8. Who is named in the opening line of "A Grant of Land at Crediton"?
(a) Bede.
(b) God.
(c) Columbia.
(d) King Alfred.

9. In the "Grant of Land at Crediton," the king of what area gave land to be used for a monastary?
(a) Northumberland.
(b) West Saxons.
(c) South Danes.
(d) Ireland.

10. What was the name of the first book that King Alfred translated into the vernacular?
(a) "Pastoral Care."
(b) "Sins and Sinners."
(c) "Historical Moments in the Catholic Church."
(d) "The Importnace of Christianity."

11. Whose will is the earliest surviving will of any Anglo-Saxon king?
(a) King Alfred.
(b) King Hreather.
(c) King Bede.
(d) King Solomon.

12. What kingdom does the author of the introduction to "Greetings in Christ" say the "boys" came from?
(a) Northumbria.
(b) South Daneland.
(c) Lul.
(d) Deira.

13. According to Aelfric, who was "cruelly martyred" in 870 after he refused to give the Danes "wergild"?
(a) St. Edmund.
(b) St. Matthew.
(c) St. Peter.
(d) St. Roslin.

14. How many stress patterns does all Old English poetry contain?
(a) 4.
(b) 12.
(c) 7.
(d) 6.

15. What is the subject and tone of Anglo-Saxon riddles?
(a) Commonly sad.
(b) Strictly upbeat.
(c) Enormously varied.
(d) Never emotional.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "A Colloquy" what does the pupil say he prefer to ignorance?

2. What is the answer to the "best known riddle in this genre" (Anglo-Saxon literature)?

3. How many poems are included in the canon of the "Exeter Book"?

4. What was the name of the monk in the monastery at Ramsey who complied a handbook on computus?

5. The riddles are described as being both "witty and obscene," and they are given this name?

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