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

2. Whose power does the opening line of "For a Swarm of Bees" recognize?
(a) Earth's.
(b) Man's
(c) God's.
(d) Nature's.

3. In what year did Pope Gregory pen a letter to Candidus?
(a) 410.
(b) 595.
(c) 557.
(d) 603.

4. What do some believe the "Exeter Book" has been used as in the past?
(a) Beer mat.
(b) Cutting Board.
(c) All of those listed.
(d) Bread and cheese board.

5. Under what circumstances could a wife obtain all of the husband's suit?
(a) If she found him guilty of lechery.
(b) If she outlives him.
(c) If they divorce, and they have a child.
(d) If she outlives him, and they have a child.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the stanza beginning "I'm a strange creature," what does the strange creature state it satisfies?

2. How many poems are included in the canon of the "Exeter Book"?

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

4. In King Alfred's preface to "St. Gregory's 'Pastoral Care,' who does he "bids greet"?

5. How many stress patterns does all Old English poetry contain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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"?

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

10. In what ways was the "Exeter Book" used prior to the book's importance being known?

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