Anglo-saxon Quiz: Anglo-Saxon Period History Test

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What do you know about Anglo-Saxon History? Will you take this quiz? Go ahead, then! The Anglo-Saxons established England's kingdom, and the modern English language owes almost half of its words, including the most common words of ordinary speech, to their language. The Anglo-Saxons possess substantial aspects of tribal and lordship ties. If you are interested in finding out about the Anglo-Saxon period, this quiz should be a fun challenge.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The original inhabitants of Britain were:

    • A.

      The Celtic Britons

    • B.

      The French

    • C.

      The Romans

    • D.

      The Americans

    Correct Answer
    A. The Celtic Britons
    Explanation
    The Celtic Britons were the original inhabitants of Britain. The Celtic Britons were a group of Celtic-speaking people who lived in Britain before and during the Roman occupation. They had their own distinct culture, language, and traditions that were eventually influenced by Roman culture. The Romans arrived in Britain in 43 AD, several centuries after the Celtic Britons had already settled there. 

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  • 2. 

    The predominant invasion force launched by the Romans to Britain spread throughout the Isles after:

    • A.

      55 BC, with Julius Caesar's military expedition

    • B.

      43 AD, under Emperor Claudius

    • C.

      5 BC, with Julius Caesar's military expedition

    • D.

      78 AD, under Emperor Claudius

    Correct Answer
    B. 43 AD, under Emperor Claudius
    Explanation
    In 43 AD, under Emperor Claudius, the real Roman conquest spread through Britain. This is evidenced by historical records which indicate that Emperor Claudius launched a military campaign in Britain during this time. This conquest marked a significant expansion of Roman influence in Britain and laid the foundation for the Roman occupation of the island.

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  • 3. 

    When did the Anglo-Saxons first begin their invasion of Britain?

    • A.

      5th century

    • B.

      6th century

    • C.

      7th century

    • D.

      8th century

    Correct Answer
    A. 5th century
    Explanation
    The Anglo-Saxons are believed to have first begun their invasion of Britain in the mid-5th century, around the year 410 or shortly thereafter. The exact date is challenging to pinpoint, and the process occurred gradually over several decades. The Anglo-Saxons, who originated from present-day Germany and Denmark, gradually migrated and established settlements in different parts of Britain. The invasion marked the transition from the Roman period to the early medieval period in Britain.

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  • 4. 

    King Arthur was a legendary

    • A.

      Anglo-Saxon king

    • B.

      Celtic king

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    B. Celtic king
    Explanation
    King Arthur is considered the most legendary Celtic king. Celtic mythology and folklore often depict King Arthur as a heroic figure who defended Britain against invaders. His stories are deeply rooted in Celtic culture and have been passed down through generations. While there is debate about the historical accuracy of King Arthur's existence, his legend and influence on British folklore and literature are undeniable.

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  • 5. 

    The Anglo-Saxon period is characterized by:

    • A.

      The introduction of the feudal system

    • B.

      The end of the feudal system

    • C.

      The division of England into a number of small kingdoms

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    C. The division of England into a number of small kingdoms
    Explanation
    During the Anglo-Saxon period, England was divided into various small kingdoms. This division was a prominent feature of this era, with each kingdom being ruled by its own king or leader. The kingdoms often engaged in conflicts and power struggles with each other. This decentralized political structure was a defining characteristic of the Anglo-Saxon period, setting it apart from the feudal system that was introduced later in history. The feudal system, which involved a hierarchical structure of land ownership and loyalty, did not exist during this time.

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  • 6. 

    What invasion did King Alfred the Great try to stop?

    • A.

      The Anglo-Saxon invasion

    • B.

      The Danish invasion

    • C.

      Both

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    B. The Danish invasion
    Explanation
    King Alfred the Great is known for his efforts to defend England against the Danish invasion. He successfully resisted the Viking incursions and negotiated a treaty with the Danish invaders, which established a boundary between their territories. This allowed for a period of relative peace and stability in England, and Alfred's actions are considered instrumental in preserving Anglo-Saxon culture and laying the foundation for a unified English kingdom. 

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  • 7. 

    Under Canute

    • A.

      The Anglo-Saxons extended their kingdom

    • B.

      The Danish supremacy was ended

    • C.

      The Anglo-Saxons ended their kingdom

    • D.

      The Danish supremacy was established.

    Correct Answer
    D. The Danish supremacy was established.
    Explanation
    During the reign of Canute, the Anglo-Saxons extended their kingdom, which suggests that they were gaining more power and territory. However, the answer "the Danish supremacy was established" implies that the Danish had a dominant position or control over the Anglo-Saxons. Canute was a Danish king who successfully conquered England and established Danish rule over the Anglo-Saxon kingdom.

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  • 8. 

    For what trait were Anglo-Saxon kings chosen?

    • A.

      Bravery

    • B.

      Economic superiority

    • C.

      Patience

    • D.

      Intelligence

    Correct Answer
    A. Bravery
    Explanation
    An Anglo-Saxon king was chosen for his bravery by a council of nobles and clergymen. The king needed to be able to protect his kingdom and lead his people into battle. Bravery was seen as a necessary trait for a successful king, as it inspired loyalty and respect from his subjects.

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  • 9. 

    In Germanic cultures, what should a king strive for?

    • A.

      Success

    • B.

      Power

    • C.

      Enduring fame

    • D.

      Land

    Correct Answer
    C. Enduring fame
    Explanation
    The ideal of Germanic cultures was that the king should strive after enduring fame. This means that the king should aim to leave a lasting legacy and be remembered for his achievements and contributions. Success and power are not the main goals, but rather the desire to be remembered and respected by future generations. This reflects the importance placed on reputation and honor in Germanic cultures.

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  • 10. 

    What did Scops do?

    • A.

      Celebrated the king's glorious actions

    • B.

      Fought at the king's side

    • C.

      Yielded

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    A. Celebrated the king's glorious actions
    Explanation
    The scops were poets and bards who celebrated the glorious actions of kings and warriors in their songs or prose, performing at the king's side in his court or recounting his victories while in battle.

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Andrea Glass |MA (Medieval History) |
History
Andrea is an accomplished historian with a Master's degree in medieval history from the University of Leicester. Her expertise, cultivated over a decade of academic research and paper writing, spans various historical topics. Her passion for history fuels her commitment to sharing knowledge through diverse mediums, enriching understanding and fostering appreciation for the past. Andrea's meticulous attention to detail and comprehensive understanding of historical subjects also extends to her role in reviewing historical quizzes, ensuring accuracy, relevance, and educational value for students and enthusiasts alike.

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