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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. What is the author of "The Wanderer" searching for in his elegy?
(a) A new ship.
(b) A new lord.
(c) A new love.
(d) A new wife.

2. Who does Hrothgar know from Beowulf's family?
(a) His uncle.
(b) His mother.
(c) His father.
(d) His grandfather.

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

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

5. According to "The Wife's Lament," what "goes side by side with those who suffer longing for a loved one"?
(a) Grief.
(b) Solitude.
(c) Saddness.
(d) Anger.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Finnesburh Fragment," what does the first line say is "not burning"?

2. What does the Introduction to the Law section say was gagged upon when fed to Ecclesiastics if they were found guilty?

3. In "Germania," what is stated as the reason a chief fights?

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

5. What does the word "wergild" mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two things is "The Battle of Maldon" concerned with in regard to theme?

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

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

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. Why does Unferth challenge Beowulf's fame?

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

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

8. What is the basis of all elegies?

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

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

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