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

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

3. In late Anglo-Saxon England, what were women at liberty to accept or reject?
(a) Marriage suitors.
(b) Financial proposals.
(c) Exile based upon family err.
(d) Their children.

4. 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.

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

6. Where, according to the excerpt from "The History of the English Church and People," had the slaves that Gregory saw hail from?
(a) Germany.
(b) Northumberland.
(c) Britian.
(d) France.

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. How many of Boniface's letters survive today (at the printing of the text)?
(a) 5.
(b) 124.
(c) More than 200.
(d) Less than 100.

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

15. What is the answer to the "best known riddle in this genre" (Anglo-Saxon literature)?
(a) God.
(b) Woman.
(c) Dog.
(d) Man.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the alternate name that the introduction to "I Saw a Strange Creature..." gives to kennings?

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

3. What is the name of the woman who "begged men from Cwaespatric"?

4. What is the traditional kenning for a wife?

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

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