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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. Whose arrival signaled the Golden Age of Northumbria?
(a) Columbia.
(b) Cuthbert.
(c) Bede.
(d) Celtic monks.

2. What is the name of Hrothgar's mead-hall?
(a) Hell's Hall.
(b) Hroegrath.
(c) Hrendrelth.
(d) Heorot.

3. According to the introduction to the Heroic Poems section, what do heroic poems link our Anglo-Saxon ancestors to?
(a) Dutch origins.
(b) Geatland origins.
(c) French origins.
(d) European origins.

4. What does "The Seafarer" learn that ships are homes of?
(a) Hope.
(b) Solitude.
(c) Honesty.
(d) Saddness.

5. Where does the wanderer's "best source of comfort lie"?
(a) In his sails.
(b) In his lord.
(c) In hope for land.
(d) In himself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author in the introduction to the Heroic Poems section state is the "finest expression of the code" (the Germanic Heroic code)?

2. Who was "Letter to the English" meant to act as moral support for?

3. In how many "key relationships" did the heart of the Anglo-Saxon society lay?

4. According to the author, what did Anglo-Saxons fail to do for their poetry?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did one of King Edwin's men state were the differences between their time and the time of "which we have no knowledge"?

3. What is the topic of the six "so-called Elegies"?

4. What purpose did the scop have in Anglo-Saxon history?

5. In what way were the histories and legends passed down during the Anglo-Saxon period?

6. What were some of the common problems that lawmakers had to address during the Anglo-Saxon period?

7. What happened on Christmas day in 597 in Anglo-Saxon history?

8. What must Beowulf do to kill Grendel's mother?

9. Why was Hrothgar forced to close Heorot?

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

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