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. What causes Beowulf's death?

2. According to Wihtred's law 9, how much money is a servant to pay if he is found guilty of working between Saturday evening and Sunday evening?

3. In "The Battle of Maldon," who "over-confidently allowed the Danes to cross the causeway"?

4. According to "The Wife's Lament," what "goes side by side with those who suffer longing for a loved one"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Unferth challenge Beowulf's fame?

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

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

4. What is the topic of the six "so-called Elegies"?

5. Why was Hrothgar forced to close Heorot?

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

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

8. What happened on Christmas day in 597 in Anglo-Saxon history?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the characteristics of an epic hero? In what ways does Beowulf exemplify these qualities? Be sure to describe each characteristic/quality with a direct textual example and explanation as to why Beowulf is an epic hero.

Essay Topic 2

Many of the Anglos were by trade seafarers. What did a typical seafarer face during their lives? What were the highlights of being a seafarer? What were the pitfalls of being a seafarer?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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