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. The object in the second stanza of "Thirty-One Riddles" is what by nature?
(a) Solitary.
(b) Wounded.
(c) Scared.
(d) Mean.

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

3. What was the first use of the runic alphabet?
(a) Magic.
(b) Education of children.
(c) Education of slaves.
(d) Rituals.

4. In the stanza that begins "I saw a creature," what sticks out behind the creature?
(a) His stomach.
(b) A row of spines.
(c) His foot.
(d) His tail.

5. How many charters and grants survive from the Anglo-Saxon period?
(a) 200.
(b) More than 1,600.
(c) 5.
(d) 1589.

6. In what year did Gregory send Augustine to Kent?
(a) 597.
(b) 781.
(c) 449.
(d) 658.

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

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

9. What is the name of the book that the author claims to be the earliest and most substantial work of scientific prose?
(a) Bede's "Times and Tides."
(b) "Leechdoms."
(c) "Starcraft of Early England."
(d) "Bald's Leechbook."

10. Where did the act of freeing a slave take place to "prevent subsequent violation"?
(a) In the town square.
(b) At an alter.
(c) In a court.
(d) At the lord's home.

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

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) Goblet.
(d) Sword.

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

14. What does the "metrical irregularity" of the charms point to?
(a) A Celtic tradition.
(b) An oral tradition.
(c) A written tradition.
(d) A Norse tradition.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In King Alfred's preface to "St. Gregory's 'Pastoral Care,' who does he "bids greet"?

2. In "Greetings in Christ," what does the author of the section say are susceptible to the "wear and tear of centuries"?

3. What physical feature did Gregory state made the name of the "Angles" appropriate?

4. What is the name of "one of the most popular philosophical books of the Middle Ages"? (According to the author of the introduction.)

5. In late Anglo-Saxon England, what were women at liberty to accept or reject?

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