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

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What are the multiple facets that the "Exeter Book" performed? Why was it important? What did it address? What did it provide to the Anglo-Saxon society?

Essay Topic 3

What are the qualities of an epic? In what ways does "Beowulf" exemplify the characteristics of an epic? Be sure to give specific textual examples to support your claim.

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