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. When does the author believe that "Waldere" was written?

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

3. Who is the first century Roman historian that the author claims is the best source for "information about Germanic tribes"?

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

5. What causes Beowulf's death?

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. In the beginning, when Latin was still a widely used language, what was English primarily used for?

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

4. Describe the three sections of "Bald's Leechbook".

5. Why are Wulfstan's sermons known to be the "most horrifying...and arresting"?

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

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

8. Why did Caedmon state that he left the feast and went to the stables?

9. According to the author of the introduction to "I Saw A Creature...," what "relief" does the author state is found in Anglo-Saxon riddles?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Compare and contrast Beowulf and Grendel. How do each epitomize good and evil?

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