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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 was the first English secular biography?
(a) "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle."
(b) "Charlemagne."
(c) "Life of King Alfred."
(d) "Common Sense."

2. How many poems are included in the canon of the "Exeter Book"?
(a) 96.
(b) 114.
(c) 78.
(d) 52.

3. What does "eorpan motor" mean?
(a) Eastern light.
(b) Mother of earth.
(c) Mother's ear.
(d) Exiled man.

4. What does Aelfric say is revealed when Christ performs miracles through saints?
(a) Dedication.
(b) Power of God.
(c) True faith.
(d) Trust.

5. What is the name of "one of the most popular philosophical books of the Middle Ages"? (According to the author of the introduction.)
(a) "Intermediate Teachings of Higher Thought."
(b) "Ancient Beliefs and Modern Philosophies."
(c) "Consolation of Philosophy."
(d) "Justifications of Philosophical Thought."

Short Answer Questions

1. As the author states in the introduction to "I Saw a Creature...," what do some riddles reflect?

2. What were "embedded" in 10th and 11th century manuscripts that were defined as short incantations?

3. What does the first object in "Thirty-One Riddles" plunge through?

4. Who is named in the opening line of "A Grant of Land at Crediton"?

5. According to the introduction to "Greetings in Christ," who possessed "the sword of Constantine the Great"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author to the introduction of "I Saw a Strange Creature..." state that Anglo-Saxon riddles "satisfy us both as enigmas and as poems"?

2. Why does the fisherman state that he would not wish to fish for whales?

3. What is the basic subject matter of Anglo-Saxon riddles?

4. What were some of the things that Boniface did when he worked as a missionary between 722 and 752?

5. What happened to the letters that survived pre-Conquest England?

6. What does the hunter receive in return for the beasts that he slays for his king?

7. What are the twelve charms?

8. How does the merchant justify his worth to the teacher?

9. In what ways was the runic alphabet used throughout Anglo-Saxon history?

10. In the beginning, when Latin was still a widely used language, what was English primarily used for?

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