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. According to "The History of the English Church and People," how does Bede describe the complexions of the slaves seen by Gregory in the Roman marketplace?
(a) Fair.
(b) Darkened.
(c) Pock-marked.
(d) Blemished.

2. One of the riddles in the "Exeter Book" was used "to show the way in which the runic alphabet was a kind of"?
(a) Useless knowledge.
(b) Gospel.
(c) Conundrum.
(d) Artifact.

3. During the conversation between the teacher and the fowler, what do readers find out the fowler "does" to birds "in many ways"?
(a) Fools them.
(b) Damages them.
(c) Entrances them.
(d) Entices them.

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

5. 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.

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

7. What was the first English secular biography?
(a) "Charlemagne."
(b) "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle."
(c) "Life of King Alfred."
(d) "Common Sense."

8. In what year was Boniface born?
(a) 698.
(b) 675.
(c) 702.
(d) 655.

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

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

11. What is embedded in the hilt of the sword of Constantine the Great?
(a) A marking denoting the Annunciation.
(b) A Widow's mite.
(c) A parable from the Book of Mathew.
(d) A nail from the Cross.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what year did Pope Gregory pen a letter to Candidus?

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

4. What was the first use of the runic alphabet?

5. How many stress patterns does all Old English poetry contain?

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