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. One of the riddles in the "Exeter Book" was used "to show the way in which the runic alphabet was a kind of"?

2. What sickness does "Bald's Leechbook" address in the opening line?

3. In what year was Boniface born?

4. Who does St. Gregory thank for having teachers "among us now"?

5. At the time of the meeting between the teacher and the hunter, why had the hunter not hunted "today"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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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