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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. One of the riddles in the "Exeter Book" was used "to show the way in which the runic alphabet was a kind of"?
(a) Artifact.
(b) Useless knowledge.
(c) Gospel.
(d) Conundrum.

2. At the time of the meeting between the teacher and the hunter, why had the hunter not hunted "today"?
(a) The lord of the region forbid hunting.
(b) He has been ill.
(c) He broke his arm and can no longer hunt.
(d) It was Sunday.

3. In "A Colloquy" what profession does the pupil have?
(a) A carpenter.
(b) A monk.
(c) A ploughman.
(d) A hunter.

4. In what year was Boniface born?
(a) 655.
(b) 675.
(c) 698.
(d) 702.

5. Who was the leading astronomer during the period when Old English became a "vehicle capable of expressing scientific thought"?
(a) Ramsey.
(b) Bede.
(c) Bald.
(d) Aelfric.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does St. Gregory thank for having teachers "among us now"?

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

3. What does the "metrical irregularity" of the charms point to?

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

5. What was the name of the monk in the monastery at Ramsey who complied a handbook on computus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the appearance of the slaves that Gregory I came across prior to becoming Pope.

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

4. What was the purpose of "An Estate Memorandum"?

5. What are the four things that the shepherd does every day?

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

7. In 754, what was deemed a reminder that "some pagans were determined to resist Christianity at all costs"?

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

9. To whose writings are the Anglo-Saxon riddles compared?

10. According to the author of the introduction to "I Saw A Creature...," what "relief" does the author state is found in Anglo-Saxon riddles?

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