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The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kevin Crossley-Holland
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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



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



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



4. According to the author, what did Anglo-Saxons fail to do for their poetry?



5. In "The Wanderer," from whom does the wanderer plead for pity and mercy?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. Why does the author of the introduction to "The Elegies" state that "The Ruin" is "an antiquarian's delight"?



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



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 was the purpose of the "Easter Tables"?



6. What are the twelve charms?



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



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



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



10. What was the purpose of "An Estate Memorandum"?



Essay Topics

For many years Latin was the only written language to exist for Anglo-Saxons. Why was it important for the common man to learn Latin? In what ways did the emergence of the English language benefit the Anglos? Which language did the text deem more important? Support your answer textually.

The text gives six examples of elegies from the Anglo-Saxon period. Which elegy do you believe was the most important? Why? Support your answer textually--make sure that your answer includes the characteristics of an elegy and why your choice best exemplifies the traditional Anglo-Saxon period.

What do you believe to be the most important section of the book? Why? What does its inclusion add to the text? What would its exclusion mean to the history of Anglo-Saxon literature?

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