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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 Ruin," what does the author name as "wondrous" and "wrecked by fate"?
(a) A whale-path.
(b) An affair.
(c) A stone-wall.
(d) A love lost.

2. What is the name of the governing assemblies from the Anglo-Saxon period?
(a) Wyrds.
(b) Cleric-bards,
(c) Soothslayers.
(d) Folk-moots.

3. In "Cuthbert's Death and Disinterment," what type of home did Cuthbert seek out?
(a) Heavenly home.
(b) Godly home.
(c) Island home.
(d) Forbidden home.

4. What is the name of Hrothgar's queen?
(a) Wealhtheow.
(b) Ecgtheow.
(c) Hygd.
(d) Halga.

5. Why, according to Wihtred's law number 4, will foreigners be forced to "depart from the land with their goods and their sins"?
(a) If they "refuse to succumb to fate."
(b) If they "fail to recognize the king's laws."
(c) If they fail the rights of passage."
(d) If they do not "rugularize their marriage."

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the author in the introduction to the Laws section say, "most of us" need to turn to in order to "establish the exact wording of a law"?

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

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

4. What "paths" must the wanderer follow given "fate is inflexible"?

5. How was the history and legends of the Anglo-Saxons transmitted?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Unferth challenge Beowulf's fame?

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

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

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

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

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

8. According to the author of the introduction to "I Saw A Creature...," what "relief" does the author state is found in Anglo-Saxon riddles?

9. Why were some Anglo-Saxon women known by the kenning "peace-weaver"?

10. Why are Wulfstan's sermons known to be the "most horrifying...and arresting"?

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