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. How many lines is "The Battle of Maldon" missing at the beginning?

2. Who was "Letter to the English" meant to act as moral support for?

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

4. In a trial by ordeal, which rule speaks to the fine one would pay if found invalid and having broken the rules of the trial by ordeal?

5. Who made the weapon with which Beowulf beheads Grendel's mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What must Beowulf do to kill Grendel's mother?

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

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

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

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

6. Explain the importance of the phrase, "the surging fire of hellish torment"?

7. What does the ploughman say his day is spent doing?

8. Why are Wulfstan's sermons known to be the "most horrifying...and arresting"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think that riddles where important during the Anglo-Saxon period? What purpose did they serve? Why did they focus on the themes they did?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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