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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 subject and tone of Anglo-Saxon riddles?
(a) Strictly upbeat.
(b) Never emotional.
(c) Commonly sad.
(d) Enormously varied.

2. Who is the first of the "Three Charms" against?
(a) A wen.
(b) A snake.
(c) A tree.
(d) A dog.

3. What did the runic alphabet come to be used for later (after its first use)?
(a) Pagan theology.
(b) Coding.
(c) Identification.
(d) Christian theology.

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

5. In "Greetings in Christ," what does the author of the section say are susceptible to the "wear and tear of centuries"?
(a) Letters.
(b) Poems.
(c) Sermens.
(d) Christian thought.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to "The History of the English Church and People," how does Bede describe the complexions of the slaves seen by Gregory in the Roman marketplace?

2. Whose power does the opening line of "For a Swarm of Bees" recognize?

3. What does the first object in "Thirty-One Riddles" plunge through?

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

5. What do some believe the "Exeter Book" has been used as in the past?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are the twelve charms?

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

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

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

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

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

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