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

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

3. How many men does Grendel murder on his first attack on the mead-hall?
(a) 15.
(b) 50.
(c) 1.
(d) 30.

4. How many people witnessed the opening of Cuthbert's coffin at Durham Cathedral?
(a) 67.
(b) 13.
(c) 25.
(d) 46.

5. What is the name of Hrothgar's mead-hall?
(a) Heorot.
(b) Hroegrath.
(c) Hell's Hall.
(d) Hrendrelth.

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 does Beowulf tear off of Grendel?

3. During what century were the Anglo-Saxons converted to Christianity?

4. What is the name of the High Priest who "replied without hesitation in "King Edwin's Council"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain the procedure of lawsuits for Anglo-Saxons.

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

5. In what way were the histories and legends passed down during the Anglo-Saxon period?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Beowulf say about his upcoming battle with Grendel?

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