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 in the introduction to the Laws section say, "most of us" need to turn to in order to "establish the exact wording of a law"?

2. What does Hrothgar promise Beowulf for killing Grendel?

3. How many men does Grendel murder just before his fight with Beowulf?

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

5. What is the name of the governing assemblies from the Anglo-Saxon period?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What were some of the earliest codes found to survive from the kingdom of Kent (690-725)?

4. What is the Germanic Code?

5. What is the topic of the six "so-called Elegies"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

The history of the Anglo-Saxons was very important for many reasons. Why did the loss of so many documents hurt the history of the Anglos? What was important about the documents that they were able to protect? What were the Anglos able to learn about their own history based upon these texts?

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