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

2. According to the author, what did Anglo-Saxons fail to do for their poetry?
(a) Honor God.
(b) Title them.
(c) Pay hommage to their past.
(d) Follow the "code".

3. Where is Beowulf from?
(a) Britland.
(b) Scotland.
(c) England.
(d) Geatland.

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

5. According to the author in the introduction what (other than "Beowulf") is the best -known Anglo-Saxon poem?
(a) "The Seafarer."
(b) "The Wife's Lament."
(c) "The Wanderer."
(d) "The Husband's Message."

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the author state that the emotional center of "Deor" lies (which lines)?

2. In what year did Pope Gregory invite Augustine to convert the English to Christianity?

3. Other than paying six shillings to his lord for riding "on his own business on that day," what can a servant choose as his punishment?

4. Whose translation of "The Wanderer" is best known?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What were some of the earliest codes found to survive from the kingdom of Kent (690-725)?

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

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

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

5. Why does the author of the introduction to "The Elegies" state that "The Ruin" is "an antiquarian's delight"?

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

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

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

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

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

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