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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Grendel a descendant of?
(a) Hrothgar.
(b) Cain.
(c) God.
(d) Lucifer.

2. What was the name of the man who witnessed Bede's death?
(a) Stevan.
(b) Timothy.
(c) Alfred.
(d) Wilbert.

3. What poem is described by the author as "an antiquarian's delight"?
(a) Wulf.
(b) Beowulf.
(c) The Ruin.
(d) The Wanderer.

4. According to the author, what did Anglo-Saxons fail to do for their poetry?
(a) Honor God.
(b) Title them.
(c) Follow the "code".
(d) Pay hommage to their past.

5. What does Hrothgar promise Beowulf for killing Grendel?
(a) Treasure.
(b) A wife.
(c) Knighthood.
(d) Kinghood.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Byrhthelm in "The Battle of Maldon," who alone can say who would control the battle field?

2. In what year did Pope Gregory invite Augustine to convert the English to Christianity?

3. In what year was Cuthbert's coffin opened in Durham Cathedral?

4. During what century did the first Anglo-Saxon settlers migrate to England?

5. Who does Hrothgar know from Beowulf's family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the purpose of the "Easter Tables"?

2. According to the author of the introduction to "Heroic Poems," what purpose do/did the heroic poems serve historically?

3. Why were some laws of the Anglo-Saxon period never put into writing?

4. Why does the author of the introduction to "Heroic Poems" call "The Battle of Maldon" one of "the best battle poems in the English language"?

5. Who was defined as the "most unfortunate man" in Anglo-Saxon society?

6. Explain the procedure of lawsuits for Anglo-Saxons.

7. What is the main theme of the poem "The Wanderer"?

8. What were the many reasons that Bede was renowned?

9. What does Beowulf say about his upcoming battle with Grendel?

10. What were the two key relationships at the heart of Anglo-Saxon society?

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