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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. According to Byrhthelm in "The Battle of Maldon," who alone can say who would control the battle field?
(a) He, himself.
(b) The queen.
(c) The peasantry.
(d) God.

2. How was the history and legends of the Anglo-Saxons transmitted?
(a) Word of mouth.
(b) Canons.
(c) Written anthologies.
(d) They were not discovered until late in the 14th century and then written down.

3. According to the author of the introduction to The Elegies, what do many Anglo-Saxon poems fail to have a "sufficient frame" of?
(a) Truth.
(b) Reference.
(c) Time.
(d) Mood.

4. What does the word "wergild" mean?
(a) A families land.
(b) The succession of kinship.
(c) A man's value.
(d) The naming of a bard.

5. In "The Wife's Lament," where is the wife forced to live?
(a) In a well.
(b) In an earth-cave.
(c) In a barn.
(d) In a foreign castle.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many people witnessed the opening of Cuthbert's coffin at Durham Cathedral?

2. Where does the author state that the emotional center of "Deor" lies (which lines)?

3. According to The Laws of Wihtred, who is free from taxation?

4. In a trial by ordeal, which rule speaks to the fine one would pay if found invalid and having broken the rules of the trial by ordeal?

5. What does Beowulf use to fight Grendel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author of the introduction to "The Elegies" state that "The Ruin" is "an antiquarian's delight"?

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

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

5. What did King Edwin say must be done before he would accept the Christian faith?

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

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

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

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

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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