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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. What two words were used in a trial by ordeal to define the seriousness of the crime?
(a) "Single" and "Threefold".
(b) "Thricen" and "Shrine".
(c) "Misson" and "Molten".
(d) "MIsendon" and "Candicet".

2. In how many "key relationships" did the heart of the Anglo-Saxon society lay?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 4.
(d) 3.

3. What is Grendel unable to approach in Heorot?
(a) Beowulf.
(b) The throne.
(c) The queen.
(d) The banner.

4. What adjective does the poet of "The Seafarer" use to describe the song that he sings of himself?
(a) Sad.
(b) True.
(c) Dorment.
(d) Angry.

5. How many lines is "The Battle of Maldon" missing at the beginning?
(a) 100.
(b) 10.
(c) 25.
(d) 50.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many men, in a trial by ordeal, are required to test the heat of the water?

2. 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"?

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

4. What does Beowulf use to fight Grendel?

5. How many men does Grendel murder on his first attack on the mead-hall?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did King Edwin say must be done before he would accept the Christian faith?

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

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

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

5. 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"?

6. What happened on Christmas day in 597 in Anglo-Saxon history?

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

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

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

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

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