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. In "The Wife's Lament," where is the wife forced to live?

2. 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"?

3. Where is Beowulf from?

4. Other than paying six shillings to his lord for riding "on his own business on that day," what can a servant choose as his punishment?

5. During what century did the first Anglo-Saxon settlers migrate to England?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happened in 1104 regarding the opening of Cuthbert's coffin?

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

7. What is the Germanic Code?

8. What is the basis of all elegies?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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