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. What position was Candidus set to take up in Gaul?

2. Who was the godson of Aethelstan?

3. In what century did Old English become a "vehicle capable of expressing scientific thought"?

4. Who raided Lindisfarne on June 8, 793?

5. In late Anglo-Saxon England, what were women at liberty to accept or reject?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the twelve charms?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does the ploughman say his day is spent doing?

9. In 754, what was deemed a reminder that "some pagans were determined to resist Christianity at all costs"?

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

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

Christianity quickly became the superior religion for Anglo-Saxons. What did Christianity hold for Anglos? Why was it found to be superior to previous religious thought?

Essay Topic 3

What are the characteristics of an epic hero? In what ways does Beowulf exemplify these qualities? Be sure to describe each characteristic/quality with a direct textual example and explanation as to why Beowulf is an epic hero.

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