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. Who does the author in the introduction to the Laws section say, "most of us" need to turn to in order to "establish the exact wording of a law"?

2. Where is Hrothgar's kingdom?

3. In "Deor", what did Weland "well know about"?

4. How many men, in a trial by ordeal, are required to test the heat of the water?

5. What does Beowulf use to fight Grendel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What purpose did the scop have in Anglo-Saxon history?

2. In what way were the histories and legends passed down during the Anglo-Saxon period?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What did one of King Edwin's men state were the differences between their time and the time of "which we have no knowledge"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think that riddles where important during the Anglo-Saxon period? What purpose did they serve? Why did they focus on the themes they did?

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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