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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. Whose will is the earliest surviving will of any Anglo-Saxon king?
(a) King Hreather.
(b) King Alfred.
(c) King Bede.
(d) King Solomon.

2. What is embedded in the hilt of the sword of Constantine the Great?
(a) A Widow's mite.
(b) A nail from the Cross.
(c) A marking denoting the Annunciation.
(d) A parable from the Book of Mathew.

3. What is the name of the woman who "begged men from Cwaespatric"?
(a) Slavariac.
(b) Geatfleda.
(c) Fromberge.
(d) Norschairt.

4. Who was the king, whose will is the earliest surviving of Anglo-Saxon history, preoccupied with threat by?
(a) Swedes.
(b) Geats.
(c) Danes.
(d) Northumberlands.

5. What is the name of the book that the author claims to be the earliest and most substantial work of scientific prose?
(a) "Leechdoms."
(b) "Starcraft of Early England."
(c) "Bald's Leechbook."
(d) Bede's "Times and Tides."

Short Answer Questions

1. In the stanza that begins "I saw a creature," what sticks out behind the creature?

2. How many of Boniface's letters survive today (at the printing of the text)?

3. At dawn what is the first thing that the ploughman does in the morning?

4. Who was the prior of the monastery at Dol Brittany in 924?

5. During the conversation between the teacher and the fowler, what do readers find out the fowler "does" to birds "in many ways"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who wrote many of the letters that survived pre-Conquest England?

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

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

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

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

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