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. According to The Laws of Wihtred, who is free from taxation?

2. In "The Wanderer," from whom does the wanderer plead for pity and mercy?

3. In "The Battle of Maldon," who does Byrhtnoth order to dismount?

4. Where is Hrothgar's kingdom?

5. In what year did Pope Gregory invite Augustine to convert the English to Christianity?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What must Beowulf do to kill Grendel's mother?

3. What is the main theme of the poem "The Wanderer"?

4. What is the Germanic Code?

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

6. What did King Edwin say must be done before he would accept the Christian faith?

7. Why does the author of the introduction to "The Elegies" state that "The Ruin" is "an antiquarian's delight"?

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

9. Why were some laws of the Anglo-Saxon period never put into writing?

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

Christianity quickly became the superior religion for Anglo-Saxons. What did Christianity hold for Anglos? Why was it found to be superior to previous religious thought?

Essay Topic 2

The text gives six examples of elegies from the Anglo-Saxon period. Which elegy do you believe was the most important? Why? Support your answer textually--make sure that your answer includes the characteristics of an elegy and why your choice best exemplifies the traditional Anglo-Saxon period.

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the riddles presented in "I Saw a Strange Creature..." Look at the final page from the section and list the author's possible answer to the riddle. Choose a contrasting answer for the riddle. Support your answer in a fully developed essay paying special attention to specific textual evidence that supports your answer.

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