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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. During what century did the first Anglo-Saxon settlers migrate to England?
2. What does the Introduction to the Law section say was gagged upon when fed to Ecclesiastics if they were found guilty?
3. How many men does Grendel murder just before his fight with Beowulf?
4. What adjective does the poet of "The Seafarer" use to describe the song that he sings of himself?
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 happened on Christmas day in 597 in Anglo-Saxon history?
3. What does Beowulf say about his upcoming battle with Grendel?
4. Why does the author of the introduction to "The Elegies" state that "The Ruin" is "an antiquarian's delight"?
5. What two things is "The Battle of Maldon" concerned with in regard to theme?
6. Why does Unferth challenge Beowulf's fame?
7. What is the main theme of the poem "The Wanderer"?
8. What is the basis of all elegies?
9. Why was Hrothgar forced to close Heorot?
10. What were the two key relationships at the heart of Anglo-Saxon society?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Kennings and alliteration were used throughout Beowulf and the Elegies. Why was the use of both poetic devices important to the oral tradition of Anglo-Saxon literature? In what ways did the use of kennings and alliteration help to insure the passage of the tales throughout time?
Essay Topic 2
Exile was a main theme throughout Anglo-Saxon literature. What selection from the text best represents the theme of exile? Why? Be sure to use textual evidence.
Essay Topic 3
Christianity quickly became the superior religion for Anglo-Saxons. What did Christianity hold for Anglos? Why was it found to be superior to previous religious thought?
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