Middle Ages

 

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Middle Ages

Question 1
Popular English adaptations of romances appealed primarily to
A
the royal family and upper orders of the nobility
B
the lower orders of the nobility
C
agricultural laborers
D
the clergy

Question 2
Christian writers like the Beowulf poet looked back on their pagan ancestors with:
A
nostalgia and ill-concealed envy.
B
bewilderment and visceral loathing.
C
admiration and elegiac sympathy.
D
bigotry and shallow triumphalism.

Question 3
Words from which language began to enter English vocabulary around the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066?
A
French
B
Norwegian
C
Spanish
D
Danish

Question 4
What is the first extended written specimen of Old English?
A
Boethius's Consolidation of Philosophy
B
Saint Jerome's translation of the Bible
C
Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People
D
a code of laws promulgated by King Ethelbert

Question 5
Toward the close of which century did English replace French as the language of conducting business in Parliament and in court of law?
A
tenth
B
twelfth
C
thirteenth
D
fourteenth

Question 6
Which of the following best describes litote, a favorite rhetorical device in Old English poetry?
A
embellishment at the service of Christian doctrine
B
repetition of parallel syntactic structures
C
ironic understatement
D
stress on every third diphthong

Question 7
Which of the following authors is considered a devotee to chivalry, as it is personified in Sir Lancelot?
A
Julian of Norwich
B
Margery Kempe
C
William Langland
D
Sir Thomas Malory

Question 8
The use of \ whale-road\ for sea and \ life-house\ for body are examples of what literary technique, popular in Old English poetry?
A
symbolism
B
simile
C
metonymy
D
kenning

Question 9
Ancrene Riwle is a manual of instruction for
A
courtiers entering the service of Richard II
B
translators of French romances
C
women who have chosen to live as religious recluses
D
knights preparing for their first tournament

Question 10
Which of the following languages did not coexist in Anglo-Norman England?
A
Latin
B
Dutch
C
French
D
Celtic
There are 10 questions to complete.

 

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