English Literature Test 1 (Chapters 1-2)

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Multiple Choice (10)
First literature of the Anglo-Saxons
poetry
It was not written, but rather recited or sung
Multiple Choice (10)
First English poet whose name is known
Caedmon
Multiple Choice (10)
Everyman
Multiple Choice (10)
Morte Darthur
Multiple Choice (10)
Beowulf
Multiple Choice (10)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: content and author
Medieval romance by The Pearl Poet. Manuscript containing four poems; The Pearl, Purity, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Multiple Choice (10)
Father of English prose
John Wycliffe
Multiple Choice (10)
Historical facts about Britain
-William the Conqueror invaded England from Normandy (France) in 1066.
-Literature written in English was not to be found for a hundred years after the Norman Invasion.
-William Caxton set up the first printing press in England in the 1470s.
Multiple Choice (10)
Father of English history
Venerable Bede
Multiple Choice (10)
Kennings
strong metaphorical expressions
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Accent
stressing certain words or syllables
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Caesura
abrupt break in the middle of each line
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Exemplum
(example) was a short tale or anecdote told to teach a lesson.
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Kenning
strong metaphorical expressions
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Lyric
(of poetry) expressing the writer’s emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms.
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Medieval Romance
a form of writing based primarily on the adventures of various knights and often abounding in the supernatural
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Miracle play
plays dealing with legends of saints
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Mystery play
plays on biblical subjects
(emerged as the most popular form)
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Pageant
plays preformed on a movable platform called a ‘pageant’ or pageant wagon.
Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9)
Popular ballad
a short narrative folk song which tells of a single (usually tragic) event in an objective, unbiased manner
Matching—Match the character with the correct work (7)
a. Beowulf
b. “Bonny Barbara Allen”
c. “The Cherry Tree Carol”
d. “Get Up and Bar the Door”
e. Morte Darthur
f. “The Pardoner’s Tale”
a. Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s mother
b. Sir John Graeme, John’s servant, Barbra Allen, Barbra’s mother
c. Joseph and Mary, Baby Jesus
d. Goodwife, Goodman, two strangers
e. King Arthur, Sir Bedivere, a hand that came out of the lake, three women in black (one of them a queen), a hermit
f. Three brothers, their friends corpse, young boy who they asked about the corpse, Death, and old man who warned them
Short Answer (7)
Who wrote what
Themes of specific poems
Anglo-Saxon terms
The Pearl Poet : Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Geoffrey Chaucer : The Canterbury Tales. The Pardoner’s Tale
Thomas Malory : Morte Darthur
Unknown : Bonny Barbra, Bar the Door, Cherry-Tree, Everyman
Matching—Match each quotation with the correct work (4)
Bonny Barbara Allan
The Canterbury Tales
“Get Up and Bar the Door”
Morte Darthur
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Essay: Write a 75- to 100- word paragraph that describes the four qualities of an epic. Include the title of the oldest surviving epic of any Germanic people, and explain how the main character of that epic exemplifies an Anglo-Saxon hero.
Traditional qualities of an epic:
– It is about a great national hero
– It is written in lofty language
– It contains supernatural elements
– It explores the struggle of good and evil

Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic of any Germanic people. Struggling against three incarnations of evil, he has all the characteristics of a warrior. He was courageous and noble. Defender of the people. He was a person willing to face any and all odds. Along with his strength and courage, he is still humble and is balanced with humility.

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