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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 is the alternate name that the introduction to "I Saw a Strange Creature..." gives to kennings?
(a) Hyperbolies.
(b) Allegories.
(c) Personifications.
(d) Mini-Riddles.

2. Who "asked" the best known riddle of the Anglo-Saxon riddles?
(a) The Nemean Lion.
(b) The Sphinx.
(c) The Griffin.
(d) The Centaur.

3. What was the first use of the runic alphabet?
(a) Education of children.
(b) Magic.
(c) Education of slaves.
(d) Rituals.

4. In what year was the "terrible winter" in "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle"?
(a) 763.
(b) 296.
(c) 631.
(d) 847.

5. How many stress patterns does all Old English poetry contain?
(a) 7.
(b) 4.
(c) 12.
(d) 6.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the book that the author claims to be the earliest and most substantial work of scientific prose?

2. In what year did Alcuin of York leave England at the request of Charlemagne?

3. In what year did Gregory send Augustine to Kent?

4. What is the name of the woman who "begged men from Cwaespatric"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the reason that many Anglos found it necessary to learn the English language?

2. What are the twelve charms?

3. Describe the three sections of "Bald's Leechbook".

4. What does the ploughman say his day is spent doing?

5. Why were some Anglo-Saxon women known by the kenning "peace-weaver"?

6. Why do the pupils in "A Colloquy" ask to be taught Latin?

7. What are a few of the "problems" that "Bald's Leechbook" addresses?

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

9. Why did Pope Gregory I write a letter to Candidus?

10. Where was the greatest amount of scientific prose found in Anglo-Saxon literature?

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