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. Where does the introduction of "I Saw a Strange Creature..." say riddles similar to the semi-metaphorical riddles of the "Exeter Book" occur?

2. In the stanza that begins "I saw a creature," what sticks out behind the creature?

3. What sickness does "Bald's Leechbook" address in the opening line?

4. Who said "What use is the abundance of books if there are none to read and understand them?"

5. Who raided Lindisfarne on June 8, 793?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why do the pupils in "A Colloquy" ask to be taught Latin?

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

7. Why does the fisherman state that he would not wish to fish for whales?

8. What are a few of the "problems" that "Bald's Leechbook" addresses?

9. What are the four things that the shepherd does every day?

10. What is the basic subject matter of Anglo-Saxon riddles?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare and contrast Beowulf and Grendel. How do each epitomize good and evil?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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