1 English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period a reflected oral poetry b recorded historical facts

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1 English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period

a reflected oral
poetry

b recorded
historical facts only

c always used
rhyming verse

d was never expressed
orally

2 A scop was a person who

a denounced poetry as immoral

b denounced poetry
as historically inaccurate

c knew nothing about
poetry

d recited poetry and
kept track of a tribe’s historical information

3 “The Seafarer†differs from Beowulf because

a “The Seafarerâ€
says that one must do no harm and be humble

b “The Seafarer†is
an epic tale of conquest

c Beowulf regrets
that good can never triumph over evil

d Beowulf denounces
warfare under any circumstances

4 Why does the Seafarer enjoy the sea?

a He feels an
unexplainable joy and excitement when sailing

b He is free from
his responsibilities on land

c He can forget his
lost love when he is at sea

d He wants to prove
his loyalty to his lord by enduring hardship

5 According to lines 68–71 of “The Seafarer,†what is the
speaker’s view of death?

a People can triumph
over death with determination and hard work

b Death is
counterproductive to the will of God and Fate

c A force beyond
human control decides matters of life and death

d Religious people
do not die

6 The fear that the speaker refers to in lines 41–42 of
“The Seafarer†is an admission that

a the Seafarer hates
being a sailor

b the Seafarer is
cowardly

c the Seafarer lacks
faith in a higher power

d a higher power is
in control

7 The first part of “The Seafarer†is the story of

a a man’s life on
the sea

b a sailor’s
conversion to Christianity

c an exile’s lament
for his country

d an ocean storm off
the coast of England

8 What is the reason, despite all the hardships he has
suffered, that the speaker in “The Seafarer†continues to follow the life of
the sea?

a weary fatalism

b passionate
curiosity

c religious vision

d material desires

9 According to “The Seafarer,†what happens to earthly
success?

a Wealth and glory
fade in a brief time

b God punishes
injustices committed by the wealthy

c Fate rewards the
righteous with wealth and glory

d Wealthy people
have greater responsibility

10 Which of the following best describes the speaker’s
message at the end of “The Seafarer�

a Life at sea is
both exhilarating and wearisome

b Gifts of gold for
heaven will not redeem a sinful soul

c Those who walk
with God shall be rewarded

d The earth no
longer flourishes in glory

11 When reading Anglo-Saxon poetry, how does recognizing
historical context help a reader understand why certain things happen?

a It gives the
reader clues about the situation of the time in which the work was written

b It helps readers
restate in their own words what the poem says

c It requires
readers to use a dictionary to find the meanings of complicated words

d It shows the
reader how important correct spelling and grammar are

12 Which element in “The Seafarer†is most characteristic
of lyric poetry?

a regular rhythm and
rhyme

b strong reliance on
figurative language

c intense personal
emotion

d narrative
structure

13 The phrase “summer’s sentinel,†meaning a cuckoo, is an
example of

a a kenning

b a predicate

c assonance

d caesura

14 In “The Seafarer,†the speaker finds comfort by

a accepting that the
material world will fade away

b losing faith in
God and Fate

c retiring from life
at sea

d realizing that
earthly life is all that exists

15 Who does Grendel’s mother kill to avenge the death of
her son?

a Beowulf

b Hrothgar’s friend

c Hrothgar

d Wiglaf

16 When he says that God will decide the winner in the
fight with Grendel, Beowulf

a expresses a wish
to die

b means that he is
tired of fighting

c shows that he
respects Grendel

d reaffirms his
righteousness by respecting God’s will

17 How do you know that Beowulf is an honorable man?

a He is willing to
risk his life in order to earn fame by killing Grendel

b He is known as a
follower and cousin of Higlac

c His father was the
great Edgetho, a famous warrior

d He refuses to use
a sword to fight Grendel because Grendel has none

18 Why does Beowulf come to see Hrothgar?

a He wants to help
Hrothgar by killing Grendel

b He has been sent
into exile by the king of Geatland

c He needs
Hrothgar’s help against an enemy

d He comes to seek
shelter in Hrothgar’s hall

19 If you interpret Beowulf as a statement about
corruption, with Grendel representing organized crime and the mead hall
representing society, you are accepting the poem as a(n)

a metaphor

b symbol

c allegory

d kenning

20 After he becomes king of the Geats, Beowulf

a continues to fight
for what he believes is right

b becomes greedy and
selfish

c lets younger
warriors defend his kingdom

d loses his courage

21 Read the following line from Beowulf and determine its
meaning: “The monster’s / Thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws
â€

a He is hungry

b He has
intelligence

c He has sharp
claws

d He is not
trustworthy

22 Why is it ironic that after his death the Geats build a
tower to memorialize Beowulf?

a Beowulf requested
that the tower be built

b The treasure is
left in the tower

c Beowulf’s body has
been cremated

d Most of the Geats
had deserted him in battle

23 Read the following quotation from Beowulf and choose the
best way to paraphrase the bolded words: “ they could hack at Grendel /
From every side, trying to open / A path for his evil soul, but their points /
Could not hurt him â€

a to kill him

b to drive him out
of the hall

c to turn his soul
to God

d to help him escape

24 Beowulf finally dies

a after a fight with
a dragon

b as the result of a
spell cast by Grendel’s mother

c in a fight with
Wiglaf

d after being
stabbed in the back by one of his men

25 What weapon does Beowulf use to kill Grendel?

a his sword

b his hands

c a dagger

d a lance

26 To what does the poet give credit for Beowulf’s victory
over Grendel’s mother?

a God’s judgment

b Beowulf’s kindness

c good luck

d Beowulf’s powerful
grip

27 How do you know that Beowulf is an epic poem?

a It is a poem about
terrible monsters and dragons

b It is a long poem
that tells a story about a legendary hero

c It tells about
real events and real people of long ago

d It was not written
down at first but told by storytellers

28 Why does Bede include a quotation from the Scots in A
History of the English Church and People?

a He is trying to
flatter the Scots

b He wants to show
how unreasonable the Scots were

c He wants to
provide a complete account of the British Isles

d He has read the
quotation in another work

29 Which statement best describes the Venerable Bede?

a He claimed to have
had mystic visions

b He encouraged laws
against pagan practices

c He claimed to be
the reincarnation of Saint John the Apostle

d He wrote many
historical accounts from a Christian perspective

30 Bede performed a valuable function because he

a translated the
works of the Greeks into Old English

b translated the
Bible into rustic Latin

c protested the use
of the vernacular

d generated a
history of Britain for the world

31 According to Bede, who settled on the north end of
Britain?

a the Scots

b the Picts

c the Britons

d the Irish

32 Why does Bede go into such detail in A History of the
English Church and People to describe the kinds of shellfish found in Britain?

a He knows his
readers are interested in the fish of the seacoast

b He wants to show
how varied and rich the waters of Britain are

c He wants readers
to know the Britons are well nourished

d He is stressing
the importance of the seacoast

33 What keeps Bede from being completely accurate in his A
History of the English Church and People?

a He sometimes
accepted unlikely stories as true

b He usually did not
tell where he got information

c Much of his
information comes from his own observations

d He used the
limited resources available to him at the time

34 What does Bede feel most unifies the people of Britain
in A History of the English Church and People?

a their love of the
land

b their fear of the
Picts

c their desire for
peace

d their belief in
and study of God’s truth

35 How does Ireland’s climate compare to Britain’s in A
History of the English Church and People?

a It is much colder

b It is much wetter

c It is more
variable

d It is superior

36 According to Bede, what is true of Ireland?

a It is the largest
island

b It gets lots of
snow

c It does not have
any snakes

d The climate is too
warm

37 Read these quotations from A History of the English
Church and People Based on the details they provide, which quotation is
probably the most historically accurate?

a “I have heard that
folk suffering from snakebite have drunk water in which scrapings from the
leaves of books from Ireland have been steeped â€

b “On the opposite
side of Britain, which lies open to the boundless ocean, lie the isles of the
Orcadesâ€

c “As Saint Basil
says: ‘Water receives its heat when it flows across certain metals, and becomes
hot ’â€

d “ almost
everything in this isle enjoys immunity to poison â€

38 What was a reason Bede had for writing A History of the
English Church and People?

a to compare Britain
and Ireland

b to identify the
languages spoken

c to describe the
geography of Britain

d to record the
history of Britain

39 Considering the time in which he wrote, which source
would probably have provided Bede with the most reliable information that
Britain had “twenty-eight noble cities�

a personal
experience

b testimony from
sailors

c records from a
monastic library

d accounts in
letters

40 Which of the following seems to lend the greatest
credibility to Bede’s work?

a the large amount
of factual, specific, information

b his personal
observations on climate

c the references to
religion in Britain

d his descriptions
of different customs

Determine whether each statement is true or false

41 Comitatus refers to the social structure of Anglo-Saxon
society

a true

b false

42 An elegy is a poem that laments hardships and mourns the
loss of a better time

a true

b false

43 An epic is a long poem with a larger-than-life hero

a true

b false

44 Vernacular refers to a language spoken by common people

a true

b false

45 Beowulf kills Grendel by ripping his arm out by the
roots

a true

b false

46 Grendel attacks Beowulf to avenge the death of Grendel’s
mother

a true

b false

47 The vowel sounds of Old English are very different from
those of modern English

a true

b false

48 The base language for English, German, French, and
Spanish is Indo-European

a true

b false

49 Anglo-Saxon poetry was an oral as well as a written art

a true

b false

50 Old English is a Germanic language

a true

b false

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