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. At the time of the meeting between the teacher and the hunter, why had the hunter not hunted "today"?
(a) He has been ill.
(b) It was Sunday.
(c) He broke his arm and can no longer hunt.
(d) The lord of the region forbid hunting.

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

3. In what century was "An Estate Memorandum" written?
(a) 5th or 6th.
(b) 10th or 11th.
(c) 2nd or 3rd.
(d) 8th or 9th.

4. Who raided Lindisfarne on June 8, 793?
(a) Celtic monks.
(b) Pagan heathens.
(c) Christians.
(d) Vikings.

5. In the stanza beginning "I'm a strange creature," what does the strange creature state it satisfies?
(a) Women.
(b) Cravings.
(c) Thirst.
(d) Hunger.

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

7. What position was Candidus set to take up in Gaul?
(a) Cardinal.
(b) Deacon.
(c) Senior churchman.
(d) Senior monk.

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

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

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

11. What is the alternate name that the introduction to "I Saw a Strange Creature..." gives to kennings?
(a) Hyperbolies.
(b) Personifications.
(c) Allegories.
(d) Mini-Riddles.

12. According to the introduction to "Greetings in Christ," who possessed "the sword of Constantine the Great"?
(a) Alan the Geat.
(b) Aethelstan.
(c) Colombia.
(d) St. Maurice.

13. According to the introduction of Example and Exhortation, what language did King Alfred learn to translate texts into the "vernacular" of?
(a) Druid.
(b) Celtic.
(c) Latin.
(d) French.

14. Who "asked" the best known riddle of the Anglo-Saxon riddles?
(a) The Centaur.
(b) The Griffin.
(c) The Nemean Lion.
(d) The Sphinx.

15. What does the moth devour in "Thirty-One Riddles"?
(a) Hunger.
(b) Breath.
(c) War.
(d) Words.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of the most powerful English king "prior to Alfred"?

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

3. One of the riddles in the "Exeter Book" was used "to show the way in which the runic alphabet was a kind of"?

4. Where was Boniface leading a mission when he was killed?

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

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