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English Literature Test 1 (Chapters 1-2) Essay

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Multiple Choice (10) First literature of the Anglo-Saxons
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poetry It was not written, but rather recited or sung
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Multiple Choice (10) First English poet whose name is known
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Caedmon
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Multiple Choice (10) Everyman
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Multiple Choice (10) Morte Darthur
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Multiple Choice (10) Beowulf
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Multiple Choice (10) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: content and author
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Medieval romance by The Pearl Poet. Manuscript containing four poems; The Pearl, Purity, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
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Multiple Choice (10) Father of English prose
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John Wycliffe
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Multiple Choice (10) Historical facts about Britain
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-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.
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Multiple Choice (10) Father of English history
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Venerable Bede
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Multiple Choice (10) Kennings
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strong metaphorical expressions
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Accent
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stressing certain words or syllables
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Caesura
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abrupt break in the middle of each line
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Exemplum
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(example) was a short tale or anecdote told to teach a lesson.
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Kenning
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strong metaphorical expressions
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Lyric
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(of poetry) expressing the writer’s emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms.
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Medieval Romance
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a form of writing based primarily on the adventures of various knights and often abounding in the supernatural
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Miracle play
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plays dealing with legends of saints
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Mystery play
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plays on biblical subjects (emerged as the most popular form)
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Pageant
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plays preformed on a movable platform called a ‘pageant’ or pageant wagon.
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Matching—match the definition with the correct term (9) Popular ballad
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a short narrative folk song which tells of a single (usually tragic) event in an objective, unbiased manner
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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”
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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
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Short Answer (7) Who wrote what Themes of specific poems Anglo-Saxon terms
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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
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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
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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.
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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.