The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year were Wihtred's laws issued?

2. What does "The Seafarer" learn that ships are homes of?

3. In what book are the "six so-called Elegies" found?

4. Who was the patron saint of Northumbria?

5. On Christmas Day under the rule of Augustine ten thousand people were baptized through what method?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the two key relationships at the heart of Anglo-Saxon society?

2. Why does the author of the introduction to "Heroic Poems" call "The Battle of Maldon" one of "the best battle poems in the English language"?

3. Explain the procedure of lawsuits for Anglo-Saxons.

4. Why was Hrothgar forced to close Heorot?

5. What were the many reasons that Bede was renowned?

6. What two things is "The Battle of Maldon" concerned with in regard to theme?

7. What were some of the common problems that lawmakers had to address during the Anglo-Saxon period?

8. What is the Germanic Code?

9. According to the author of the introduction to "Heroic Poems," what purpose do/did the heroic poems serve historically?

10. What happened in 1104 regarding the opening of Cuthbert's coffin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Beowulf and Grendel. How do each epitomize good and evil?

Essay Topic 2

"Beowulf" has distinct imagery associated with light and dark. Choose three light images in the text; define the image, and show the contrasting dark image. Please explain the images use in the text. What purpose do the images serve?

Essay Topic 3

Religion seemed to have saved the lives of many a seafaring man. Compare the religious thought in both "The Wanderer" and "The Seafarer." How are the authors' thoughts similar? In what ways was religion necessary for survival?

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