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 what year was the "Exeter Book" bequeathed to the Cathedral Library?

2. How many stress patterns does all Old English poetry contain?

3. At dawn what is the first thing that the ploughman does in the morning?

4. What is the name of the book that the author claims to be the earliest and most substantial work of scientific prose?

5. In "A Colloquy" what does the pupil say he prefer to ignorance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. To whose writings are the Anglo-Saxon riddles compared?

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

4. In the beginning, when Latin was still a widely used language, what was English primarily used for?

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

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

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

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

9. How does the merchant justify his worth to the teacher?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

For many years Latin was the only written language to exist for Anglo-Saxons. Why was it important for the common man to learn Latin? In what ways did the emergence of the English language benefit the Anglos? Which language did the text deem more important? Support your answer textually.

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