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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. In King Alfred's preface to "St. Gregory's 'Pastoral Care,' who does he "bids greet"?
(a) Humber.
(b) Bishop Waerferth.
(c) Rominast.
(d) Bede.

2. How many poems are included in the canon of the "Exeter Book"?
(a) 96.
(b) 78.
(c) 114.
(d) 52.

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

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

5. During the conversation between the teacher and the fowler, what do readers find out the fowler "does" to birds "in many ways"?
(a) Entices them.
(b) Fools them.
(c) Entrances them.
(d) Damages them.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Aelfric, who was "cruelly martyred" in 870 after he refused to give the Danes "wergild"?

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

3. How many charters and grants survive from the Anglo-Saxon period?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why were some Anglo-Saxon women known by the kenning "peace-weaver"?

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

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