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1. Which of these excerpts from Beowulf evidences both pagan and Christian influences? (1 point)

A.) “… Dared to touch… Hrothgar’s glorious/Throne, protected by God…” B.) “Grendel, who haunted the moor…/… and made his home in a hell…” C.) “… the poet’s clear songs…/recalling…/The Almighty making the earth…” D.) “… sacrificed to the old stone gods,/… hoping for… the Devil’s guidance…”

2. Which of these excerpts from Beowulf best describes Beowulf’s reason for attacking Grendel’s mother? (1 point)

A.) “… whispered together/And said that hope was gone, that the hero/Had lost…” B.)“… and Holy/God, who sent him victory, gave judgment/For truth and right…” C.) “…So fame/Comes to the men who mean to win it/And care about nothing else!” D.)“… the sword was wet/With her blood, and Beowulf rejoiced at the sight.”

3. Which of these excerpts from Beowulf best describes what Beowulf expects the outcome of his battle with the dragon to be? (1 point)

A.) “… thought nothing/of the beast’s claws, or wings, or flaming/Jaws…” B.)“… soon./Would leave this brief life, but would take the dragon/With him…” C.)“… he had fought, before, against worse/Odds, had survived, been victorious…” D.)“… The Geats/Deserved revenge; Beowulf, their… lord, began to plan it…”

4. Read this excerpt from “The Seafarer.”

“… No man sheltered/On the quiet fairness of earth can feel/How wretched I was…”

Which of these best describes the tone evoked by these words? (1 point)

A.)despondence B.)resignation C.) anger D.) contentment

5. Which of these lines from The Canterbury Tales’ “Prologue” best describes the chivalry of the Knight? (1 point)

A.) There was a Knight, a most distinguished man…” B.)“…Truth, honor, generousness, and courtesy.” C.) “He had done nobly in his sovereign’s war…” D.) “…This same distinguished Knight had led the van…”

6. How does Chaucer’s choice to set The Canterbury Tales’ “Prologue” in spring contribute to the narrative? (1 point)

A.) It underscores the arduous journey the characters are about to take. B.) It emphasizes the limited time the characters have to make their pilgrimage. C.) It reinforces the notion that martyrdom is something to be avoided. D.) It casts the idea of religious pilgrimage as a new beginning.

7. Which line from “The Pardoner’s Tale” best displays the Pardoner’s true attitude toward those who look to him for spiritual guidance? (1 point) A.) “… Them from it, I can bring them to repent…” B.) “… A string of starving children, all agape.” C.) “… A livelihood. I do not preach in vain.” D.) “Once dead what matter how their souls may fare?”

8. In “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” which of these statements saves the life of the Knight? (1 point)

A.)“To be oft widowed and remarried.” B.) “A woman wants the self­same sovereignty over her husband as over her lover.” C.) “My husband has a pair of ass’s ears.” D.) “O Queen, I’ve kept my day and kept my word and have my answer ready.”

9. “My love is like to ice, and I to fire;/How comes it then that this her cold so great/Is not dissolved by my so hot desire…” In these opening lines from Spencer’s Sonnet 30, what is the speaker lamenting? (1 point)

A.)the brevity of life B.) unreciprocated love C.) his unending poverty D.) his physical discomfort

10. Read this excerpt from Donne’s A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning:

“Our two souls therefore, which are one,/Though I must go, endure not yet/A breach, but an expansion,/Like gold to airy thinness beat.” With statement best paraphrases the lines above? (1 point)

A.)Our love can endure our physical absence from each other. B.) Our love becomes thinner the farther we are apart. C.) Our souls are as precious as gold. D.) Our souls can endure any breach that arises between them.

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