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. Where is Beowulf from?

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

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

4. 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"?

5. Why, according to Wihtred's law number 4, will foreigners be forced to "depart from the land with their goods and their sins"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What two things is "The Battle of Maldon" concerned with in regard to theme?

7. What is the Germanic Code?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you believe to be the most important section of the book? Why? What does its inclusion add to the text? What would its exclusion mean to the history of Anglo-Saxon literature?

Essay Topic 2

Exile was a main theme throughout Anglo-Saxon literature. What selection from the text best represents the theme of exile? Why? Be sure to use textual evidence.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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