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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. Who helped Beowulf fight the dragon?
(a) Unferth.
(b) Hrethric.
(c) Wiglaf.
(d) Hrothgar.

2. Wihtred was king over what people?
(a) Geatland.
(b) Kent.
(c) South Dane.
(d) Daneland.

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

4. In a trial by ordeal, which rule speaks to the fine one would pay if found invalid and having broken the rules of the trial by ordeal?
(a) 1.
(b) 4.
(c) 2.
(d) 6.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What causes Beowulf's death?

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

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

5. What is the name of Hrothgar's mead-hall?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why was Hrothgar forced to close Heorot?

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

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

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

10. 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"?

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