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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was the prior of the monastery at Dol Brittany in 924?
(a) Albert.
(b) Radbrod.
(c) Heather.
(d) Malbroad.

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

3. What do some believe the "Exeter Book" has been used as in the past?
(a) Beer mat.
(b) Bread and cheese board.
(c) All of those listed.
(d) Cutting Board.

4. In "Greetings in Christ," what does the author of the section say are susceptible to the "wear and tear of centuries"?
(a) Poems.
(b) Sermens.
(c) Christian thought.
(d) Letters.

5. 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) Conundrum.
(c) Artifact.
(d) Gospel.

6. 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) Blemished.
(b) Fair.
(c) Darkened.
(d) Pock-marked.

7. In King Alfred's preface to "St. Gregory's 'Pastoral Care,' who does he "bids greet"?
(a) Bishop Waerferth.
(b) Bede.
(c) Humber.
(d) Rominast.

8. What is the traditional kenning for a wife?
(a) Care-granter.
(b) Home-taker.
(c) Peace-weaver.
(d) Child-bearer.

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

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

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

12. Who was the leading astronomer during the period when Old English became a "vehicle capable of expressing scientific thought"?
(a) Bede.
(b) Aelfric.
(c) Bald.
(d) Ramsey.

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

14. 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) Chaucer's texts.
(c) Writings of the Pearl Poet.
(d) Beowulf.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What position was Candidus set to take up in Gaul?

2. Who does St. Gregory thank for having teachers "among us now"?

3. During the conversation between the teacher and the fowler, what do readers find out the fowler "does" to birds "in many ways"?

4. What did the runic alphabet come to be used for later (after its first use)?

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

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