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. What does Beowulf give to Wiglaf to signify Wiglaf's rise to king?

2. What is a compressed narrative poem?

3. In "The Finnesburh Fragment," what does the first line say is "not burning"?

4. In what year did Pope Gregory invite Augustine to convert the English to Christianity?

5. According to The Laws of Wihtred, who is free from taxation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why was Hrothgar forced to close Heorot?

8. 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"?

9. What were the two key relationships at the heart of Anglo-Saxon society?

10. What purpose did the scop have in Anglo-Saxon history?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

What are the characteristics of an epic hero? In what ways does Beowulf exemplify these qualities? Be sure to describe each characteristic/quality with a direct textual example and explanation as to why Beowulf is an epic hero.

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