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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 does the author in the introduction to the Heroic Poems section state is the "finest expression of the code" (the Germanic Heroic code)?
(a) "The Finnesburh Fragment."
(b) "Beowulf."
(c) "The Battle of Maldon."
(d) "Deor."

2. Who does Hrothgar know from Beowulf's family?
(a) His father.
(b) His mother.
(c) His uncle.
(d) His grandfather.

3. What does "The Seafarer" learn that ships are homes of?
(a) Saddness.
(b) Honesty.
(c) Hope.
(d) Solitude.

4. According to "The Wife's Lament," what "goes side by side with those who suffer longing for a loved one"?
(a) Grief.
(b) Saddness.
(c) Solitude.
(d) Anger.

5. What is the author of "The Wanderer" searching for in his elegy?
(a) A new lord.
(b) A new love.
(c) A new wife.
(d) A new ship.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of the man who witnessed Bede's death?

2. What is the date of Bede's death?

3. According to number 19, in "Letter to the People of England," how many men are to go to church and "make supplication"?

4. Where is Beowulf from?

5. When does the author believe that "Waldere" was written?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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