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. What was the name of the man who witnessed Bede's death?

2. Who does the author of "The Battle of Brunanburh" state is a "man of discretion"?

3. What is Grendel unable to approach in Heorot?

4. How was the history and legends of the Anglo-Saxons transmitted?

5. What is the name of the island that Cuthbert died on?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the procedure of lawsuits for Anglo-Saxons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why were some Anglo-Saxon women known by the kenning "peace-weaver"?

10. In 754, what was deemed a reminder that "some pagans were determined to resist Christianity at all costs"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What are the qualities of an epic? In what ways does "Beowulf" exemplify the characteristics of an epic? Be sure to give specific textual examples to support your claim.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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