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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 sickness does "Bald's Leechbook" address in the opening line?
(a) Leprosy.
(b) Shingles.
(c) Tumors.
(d) Mange.

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

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

4. How many of Boniface's letters survive today (at the printing of the text)?
(a) More than 200.
(b) 124.
(c) Less than 100.
(d) 5.

5. What does "he wolde fandian" mean?
(a) He traveled the world.
(b) He fashioned the world.
(c) He would vanquish.
(d) He wanted to search.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Where, according to the excerpt from "The History of the English Church and People," had the slaves that Gregory saw hail from?

4. The object in the second stanza of "Thirty-One Riddles" is what by nature?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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"?

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

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

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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