The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology Test | Final 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. In the stanza that begins "I saw a creature," what sticks out behind the creature?

2. What is the name of "one of the most popular philosophical books of the Middle Ages"? (According to the author of the introduction.)

3. During the conversation between the teacher and the fowler, what do readers find out the fowler "does" to birds "in many ways"?

4. What were "embedded" in 10th and 11th century manuscripts that were defined as short incantations?

5. In what year did Alcuin of York leave England at the request of Charlemagne?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the author to the introduction of "I Saw a Strange Creature..." state that Anglo-Saxon riddles "satisfy us both as enigmas and as poems"?

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

4. In what ways was the "Exeter Book" used prior to the book's importance being known?

5. What was the reason that many Anglos found it necessary to learn the English language?

6. What were some of the things that Boniface did when he worked as a missionary between 722 and 752?

7. Who wrote many of the letters that survived pre-Conquest England?

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

9. What does the hunter receive in return for the beasts that he slays for his king?

10. Why did Pope Gregory I write a letter to Candidus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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