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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. Where is Hrothgar's kingdom?
(a) Daneland.
(b) Hwicca.
(c) Northumbria.
(d) East Saxon.

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

3. According to The Laws of Wihtred, who is free from taxation?
(a) The Bards.
(b) The Church.
(c) Knights.
(d) Scops.

4. What does Beowulf use to fight Grendel?
(a) A dagger.
(b) A sword.
(c) A chain.
(d) Nothing--no weapon.

5. Where does the author state that the emotional center of "Deor" lies (which lines)?
(a) The center stanza.
(b) The first eight.
(c) The first four lines.
(d) The last eight.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the name of the hero in "The Finnesburh Fragment"?

3. In what book are the "six so-called Elegies" found?

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

5. According to the author of the introduction to The Elegies, what do many Anglo-Saxon poems fail to have a "sufficient frame" of?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Why was Hrothgar forced to close Heorot?

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

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

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

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

8. Why did Caedmon state that he left the feast and went to the stables?

9. To whom is Grendel related and why is this important?

10. What was the order that needed to be followed to exact punishments and define laws during the Anglo-Saxon period?

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