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. In "Germania," what is stated as the reason a chief fights?

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

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

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

5. According to the introduction to the Heroic Poems section, what do heroic poems link our Anglo-Saxon ancestors to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the basis of all elegies?

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

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

8. What is the Germanic Code?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are three qualities of an elegy? Name the quality, give a textual example, and explain your choice. Why/how does the poem show the specific characteristics of an elegy?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Religion seemed to have saved the lives of many a seafaring man. Compare the religious thought in both "The Wanderer" and "The Seafarer." How are the authors' thoughts similar? In what ways was religion necessary for survival?

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