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. During what century did the first Anglo-Saxon settlers migrate to England?

2. What is the oldest surviving poem written in Old English?

3. What does Beowulf give to Wiglaf to signify Wiglaf's rise to king?

4. What is a compressed narrative poem?

5. What is the name of the person that "was a crucial member of a tribe or a society" and existed as "a living memory"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does the author of the introduction to "The Elegies" state that "The Ruin" is "an antiquarian's delight"?

5. What is the Germanic Code?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

What are some of the formal elements included in Anglo-Saxon writing? State at least three of the formal elements, name an example from the text, and explain why the example exemplifies the element detailed.

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