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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 what century was "An Estate Memorandum" written?
(a) 2nd or 3rd.
(b) 5th or 6th.
(c) 8th or 9th.
(d) 10th or 11th.

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

3. What does the moth devour in "Thirty-One Riddles"?
(a) Hunger.
(b) Breath.
(c) War.
(d) Words.

4. Whose will is the earliest surviving will of any Anglo-Saxon king?
(a) King Bede.
(b) King Alfred.
(c) King Hreather.
(d) King Solomon.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did Alcuin of York leave England at the request of Charlemagne?

2. What object was given "store" as seen in "Beowulf" and named to a recipient in one king's will?

3. As the author states in the introduction to "I Saw a Creature...," what do some riddles reflect?

4. At the time of the meeting between the teacher and the hunter, why had the hunter not hunted "today"?

5. What is "elf-shot"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do the pupils in "A Colloquy" ask to be taught Latin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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