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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 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?
(a) 25 sceattas.
(b) 80 sceattas.
(c) 100 sceattas.
(d) 50 sceattas.

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

3. In what year was Bede born?
(a) 682.
(b) 673.
(c) 609.
(d) 668.

4. What is the name of the hero in "The Finnesburh Fragment"?
(a) Hrothgar.
(b) Hengest.
(c) Wyglaf.
(d) Beowulf.

5. Who is the first century Roman historian that the author claims is the best source for "information about Germanic tribes"?
(a) Tacitus.
(b) Plato.
(c) Herodotus.
(d) Aristotle.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two words were used in a trial by ordeal to define the seriousness of the crime?

2. According to the introduction to the Heroic Poems section, what do heroic poems link our Anglo-Saxon ancestors to?

3. Who does the author of "The Battle of Brunanburh" state is a "man of discretion"?

4. In "The Wife's Lament," where is the wife forced to live?

5. In "The Ruin," what does the author name as "wondrous" and "wrecked by fate"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Unferth challenge Beowulf's fame?

2. Why was Hrothgar forced to close Heorot?

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

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

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

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

7. What was the purpose of the "Easter Tables"?

8. What happened in 1104 regarding the opening of Cuthbert's coffin?

9. What is the basis of all elegies?

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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