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. How many poems are included in the canon of the "Exeter Book"?

2. Who was the prior of the monastery at Dol Brittany in 924?

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

4. How many of Boniface's letters survive today (at the printing of the text)?

5. What is the answer to the "best known riddle in this genre" (Anglo-Saxon literature)?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the three sections of "Bald's Leechbook".

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are three qualities of an elegy? Name the quality, give a textual example, and explain your choice. Why/how does the poem show the specific characteristics of an elegy?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Religion seemed to have saved the lives of many a seafaring man. Compare the religious thought in both "The Wanderer" and "The Seafarer." How are the authors' thoughts similar? In what ways was religion necessary for survival?

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