The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what year was the "Exeter Book" bequeathed to the Cathedral Library?
(a) 874.
(b) 998.
(c) 1072.
(d) 758.

2. In "Greetings in Christ," what does the author of the section say are susceptible to the "wear and tear of centuries"?
(a) Sermens.
(b) Christian thought.
(c) Poems.
(d) Letters.

3. As the author states in the introduction to "I Saw a Creature...," what do some riddles reflect?
(a) The turmoil of the times.
(b) The normal grind of everyday life.
(c) Recollections of seafareres.
(d) Memories of times at their best.

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

5. Who was the king, whose will is the earliest surviving of Anglo-Saxon history, preoccupied with threat by?
(a) Swedes.
(b) Northumberlands.
(c) Geats.
(d) Danes.

6. In "A Colloquy" what profession does the pupil have?
(a) A monk.
(b) A hunter.
(c) A carpenter.
(d) A ploughman.

7. Who is the first of the "Three Charms" against?
(a) A tree.
(b) A dog.
(c) A snake.
(d) A wen.

8. What was the name of the monk in the monastery at Ramsey who complied a handbook on computus?
(a) Stephen.
(b) Byrhtferth.
(c) Detriech.
(d) Synthegrth.

9. How many poems are included in the canon of the "Exeter Book"?
(a) 52.
(b) 78.
(c) 114.
(d) 96.

10. Whose power does the opening line of "For a Swarm of Bees" recognize?
(a) Man's
(b) God's.
(c) Earth's.
(d) Nature's.

11. What did the runic alphabet come to be used for later (after its first use)?
(a) Coding.
(b) Pagan theology.
(c) Christian theology.
(d) Identification.

12. What object was given "store" as seen in "Beowulf" and named to a recipient in one king's will?
(a) Shield.
(b) Throne chair.
(c) Sword.
(d) Goblet.

13. In what century did Old English become a "vehicle capable of expressing scientific thought"?
(a) 5th.
(b) 8th.
(c) 12th.
(d) 10th.

14. Who does St. Gregory thank for having teachers "among us now"?
(a) Greeks.
(b) God.
(c) Waerferth.
(d) Bede.

15. What were "embedded" in 10th and 11th century manuscripts that were defined as short incantations?
(a) Six "knowns."
(b) Four humors.
(c) Twelve charms.
(d) Nine decending levels.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who raided Lindisfarne on June 8, 793?

3. At the time of the meeting between the teacher and the hunter, why had the hunter not hunted "today"?

4. What does Aelfric say is revealed when Christ performs miracles through saints?

5. At dawn what is the first thing that the ploughman does in the morning?

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