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. In what century was "An Estate Memorandum" written?

2. What is the traditional kenning for a wife?

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

4. In King Alfred's preface to "St. Gregory's 'Pastoral Care,' who does he "bids greet"?

5. Where, according to the excerpt from "The History of the English Church and People," had the slaves that Gregory saw hail from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened to the letters that survived pre-Conquest England?

4. 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"?

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

6. In what ways was the runic alphabet used throughout Anglo-Saxon history?

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

8. What are the twelve charms?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What seems to be an embedded theme throughout all of Anglo-Saxon texts? What theme is addressed in all of the examples provided in "The Anglo-Saxon World"? Support your answer drawing from at least one text from each of the sections.

Essay Topic 3

What do you believe to be the most important section of the book? Why? What does its inclusion add to the text? What would its exclusion mean to the history of Anglo-Saxon literature?

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