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Question 1:
The Battle of Maldon is the name given to an Old English poem of uncertain date celebrating the real ________ of 991, at which the English failed to prevent a Viking invasion.
United KingdomBattle of MaldonÆthelred the UnreadyEngland

Question 2: A Viking messenger offers the English ealdorman Byrhtnoth peace if he will consent to pay ________.
Ming DynastyHan DynastyTributeSong Dynasty

Question 3: Byrhtnoth angrily refuses, telling the messenger that he will fight the ________ Vikings in defence of what he regards as his land, and the land of his king, Æthelred.
PolytheismChristianity and PaganismPrehistoric religionPaganism

Question 4: After being lost, the original transcription was found in the ________ in the 1930s.
Bodleian LibraryJohn Price (librarian)Edward Nicholson (librarian)Bodley's Librarian

Question 5: [7] R.K. Gordon is not so specific, writing that this "last great poem before the ________ ...
Kingdom of EnglandNorman conquest of EnglandHistory of EnglandEngland

Question 6: Literally “high spirits” or “overconfidence”, “ofermōde” is usually translated as “pride”, and occurs in Anglo-Saxon Genesis poems when referring to ________.

Question 7: In 1731 the only known manuscript of the poem (which, as with the modern version, was missing its beginning and ending[3]) was destroyed in the fire at Ashburnham House that also damaged and destroyed several other works in the ________.
Cotton libraryAugustusGalbaCaesar (title)

Question 8: The Anglo-Saxon scholar and writer ________ was inspired by the poem to write The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son, an alliterative dialogue between two characters at the end of the battle.
Beowulf: The Monsters and the CriticsThe HobbitJ. R. R. Tolkien's influencesJ. R. R. Tolkien


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