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

Kevin Crossley-Holland
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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 is the name of Hrothgar's queen?

2. What "paths" must the wanderer follow given "fate is inflexible"?

3. Who does the author of "The Battle of Brunanburh" state is a "man of discretion"?

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

5. At what age (the boys' age) did Irish monks begin to train Anglo-Saxon boys as novices?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author to the introduction of "I Saw a Strange Creature..." state that Anglo-Saxon riddles "satisfy us both as enigmas and as poems"?

2. What was the order that needed to be followed to exact punishments and define laws during the Anglo-Saxon period?

3. What does Beowulf say about his upcoming battle with Grendel?

4. What are the twelve charms?

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

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

7. What is the basis of all elegies?

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

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

10. What are the four things that the shepherd does every day?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

The history of the Anglo-Saxons was very important for many reasons. Why did the loss of so many documents hurt the history of the Anglos? What was important about the documents that they were able to protect? What were the Anglos able to learn about their own history based upon these texts?

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