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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. In "The Wanderer," from whom does the wanderer plead for pity and mercy?
(a) His wife.
(b) God.
(c) The sea.
(d) His lord.

2. How many men does Grendel murder just before his fight with Beowulf?
(a) 10.
(b) 1.
(c) 15.
(d) 5.

3. Who was "Letter to the English" meant to act as moral support for?
(a) Prince Kent.
(b) Earl Thorkel.
(c) King Alfred.
(d) Duke Sententon.

4. On Christmas Day under the rule of Augustine ten thousand people were baptized through what method?
(a) Baptism of repentance.
(b) Complete immersion.
(c) Christening.
(d) Baptism by fire.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose arrival signaled the Golden Age of Northumbria?

2. In what year were Wihtred's laws issued?

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

4. According to Wihtred's law 9, how much money is a servant to pay if he is found guilty of working between Saturday evening and Sunday evening?

5. In "The Battle of Maldon," who "over-confidently allowed the Danes to cross the causeway"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what ways was the runic alphabet used throughout Anglo-Saxon history?

3. In what ways was the "Exeter Book" used prior to the book's importance being known?

4. What does Beowulf do right after killing Grendel's mother?

5. What was the reason that many Anglos found it necessary to learn the English language?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does the fisherman state that he would not wish to fish for whales?

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