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. How many people witnessed the opening of Cuthbert's coffin at Durham Cathedral?

2. Where does the wanderer's "best source of comfort lie"?

3. What is the name of Hrothgar's mead-hall?

4. How many men, in a trial by ordeal, are required to test the heat of the water?

5. In "The Battle of Maldon," who does Byrhtnoth order to dismount?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the basis of all elegies?

3. Why does the author of the introduction to "Heroic Poems" call "The Battle of Maldon" one of "the best battle poems in the English language"?

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

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

6. Who was defined as the "most unfortunate man" in Anglo-Saxon society?

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

8. What was the order that needed to be followed to exact punishments and define laws during the Anglo-Saxon period?

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

10. What does Beowulf do right after killing Grendel's mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the riddles presented in "I Saw a Strange Creature..." Look at the final page from the section and list the author's possible answer to the riddle. Choose a contrasting answer for the riddle. Support your answer in a fully developed essay paying special attention to specific textual evidence that supports your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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

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