Reading quiz pp. 64-82
1. What is an epic?
2. What was the function of a hero in an epic?
3. How can reading an epic four thousand years later help us understand the society in which it was written?
4. Name three epics. Where was each one written? Approximately how many years ago?
5. Where is Uruk?
6. What does the prologue of Gilgamesh suggest about the duties of a Sumerian king?
7. Who is Ishtar?
8. Is Gilgamesh a man or a god? How does this characterization compare with that of Beowulf?
9. By what common term do we know the Achaians?
10. What is Athena’s relationship to Zeus?
11. Who is Hector?
12. How does Athena help Achilles and cheat Hector? What does this suggest about Greek culture viewed the role of the gods?
13. What does Hector ask of Achilles, and how does Achilles respond? How does his response compare with the attitudes/values you see demonstrated in modern leadership?
14. Who was Bede, and what did he describe in A History of the English Church and People?
15. Approximately 150 years after Bede’s death, a group of monks wrote The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. What was the purpose of this work? Why wasn’t Bede’s history enough?
16. According to Bede, what was Britain formerly known as?
17. What background does Bede give about scarlet dye? What does this suggest about the lifestyle/economy/values of the country?
18. According to Bede, how is Ireland different from Britain?
19. What threat(s) did the Anglo-Saxons of Alfred’s time face? How united was the response? What were the challenges to unity under Edward; i.e., what factors made it difficult for one ruler to control the all of Britain?
20. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle lists the deaths of important Anglo-Saxons. Explain how including this information creates the sense that the Anglo-Saxons are a nation. Do you see any similarity in how America’s tragic stories are told?