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. At what age (the boys' age) did Irish monks begin to train Anglo-Saxon boys as novices?

2. What poem is described by the author as "an antiquarian's delight"?

3. What is the name of the hero in "The Finnesburh Fragment"?

4. In "Cuthbert's Death and Disinterment," what type of home did Cuthbert seek out?

5. In "The Husband's Message" how many times does the husband remind his wife of their oath of marriage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Unferth challenge Beowulf's fame?

4. What does the ploughman say his day is spent doing?

5. What were some of the things that Boniface did when he worked as a missionary between 722 and 752?

6. What was the reason that many Anglos found it necessary to learn the English language?

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

8. In what ways was the runic alphabet used throughout Anglo-Saxon history?

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

10. Describe the appearance of the slaves that Gregory I came across prior to becoming Pope.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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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