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. Where is Beowulf from?

2. Who was "Letter to the English" meant to act as moral support for?

3. What is the name of the island that Cuthbert died on?

4. What does Hrothgar promise Beowulf for killing Grendel?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. To whom is Grendel related and why is this important?

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

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

6. What was the purpose of the "Easter Tables"?

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

8. Who was defined as the "most unfortunate man" in Anglo-Saxon society?

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

10. Why did Caedmon state that he left the feast and went to the stables?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For many years Latin was the only written language to exist for Anglo-Saxons. Why was it important for the common man to learn Latin? In what ways did the emergence of the English language benefit the Anglos? Which language did the text deem more important? Support your answer textually.

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

What were the characteristics of typical Anglo-Saxon literature? What did the Anglos look for in their heroes? What did Anglos parts of a man's character were praised by the Anglo-Saxons?

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