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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Under what circumstances could a wife obtain all of the husband's suit?
(a) If she outlives him.
(b) If she outlives him, and they have a child.
(c) If they divorce, and they have a child.
(d) If she found him guilty of lechery.

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

9. Who was the godson of Aethelstan?
(a) Alan the Great.
(b) Alucin.
(c) Constantine.
(d) Mercia.

10. What does Aelfric say is revealed when Christ performs miracles through saints?
(a) Power of God.
(b) Dedication.
(c) Trust.
(d) True faith.

11. Where does the introduction of "I Saw a Strange Creature..." say riddles similar to the semi-metaphorical riddles of the "Exeter Book" occur?
(a) The Bible.
(b) Beowulf.
(c) Chaucer's texts.
(d) Writings of the Pearl Poet.

12. The riddles are described as being both "witty and obscene," and they are given this name?
(a) Double entendres.
(b) Allegories.
(c) Ceasuras.
(d) Alliterations.

13. What does "eorpan motor" mean?
(a) Exiled man.
(b) Mother of earth.
(c) Eastern light.
(d) Mother's ear.

14. What sickness does "Bald's Leechbook" address in the opening line?
(a) Leprosy.
(b) Mange.
(c) Shingles.
(d) Tumors.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What was the first English secular biography?

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

4. What kingdom does the author of the introduction to "Greetings in Christ" say the "boys" came from?

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

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