The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology Test | Final 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. What is embedded in the hilt of the sword of Constantine the Great?

2. Who was the godson of Aethelstan?

3. According to Aelfric, who was "cruelly martyred" in 870 after he refused to give the Danes "wergild"?

4. What does the "metrical irregularity" of the charms point to?

5. The object in the second stanza of "Thirty-One Riddles" is what by nature?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were some Anglo-Saxon women known by the kenning "peace-weaver"?

2. Where was the greatest amount of scientific prose found in Anglo-Saxon literature?

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

4. According to the author of the introduction to "I Saw A Creature...," what "relief" does the author state is found in Anglo-Saxon riddles?

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

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

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

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

9. 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"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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