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. Whose power does the opening line of "For a Swarm of Bees" recognize?

2. During the conversation between the teacher and the fowler, what do readers find out the fowler "does" to birds "in many ways"?

3. Where did the act of freeing a slave take place to "prevent subsequent violation"?

4. What was the first use of the runic alphabet?

5. In "Greetings in Christ," what does the author of the section say are susceptible to the "wear and tear of centuries"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why do the pupils in "A Colloquy" ask to be taught Latin?

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

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

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

The history of the Anglo-Saxons was very important for many reasons. Why did the loss of so many documents hurt the history of the Anglos? What was important about the documents that they were able to protect? What were the Anglos able to learn about their own history based upon these texts?

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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