This 12 page document contains TWO FULL EXAMS. The FIRST EXAM is a traditional 50 question exam, which includes matching and multiple choice questions. The questions range from character and plot recall, to vocabulary knowledge, to literary terms knowledge (Beowulf specific)
The SECOND EXAM is a common core summative exam to be given following the study of Beowulf or Gilgamesh. Using an unfamiliar text (an Anglo-Saxon poem), students must apply knowledge and skills praticed during the unit: vocabulary in context, literary device identification and analysis, historical approach comparison, and an essay on the epic.
The multiple choice questions were way too simple (Who is the author of “Beowulf?” a. Shakespeare b. King Arthur c. J.R.R Tolkien d. anonymous) and they did not cover the plot of the epic. The common core section was a good idea, but the product was advertised as 2 separate exams, which it is not. It is actually one exam in two sections, both unable to stand on their own. I would like to get my money back, if I could.
I will try to figure out how to refund your money, but I do need to defend the product.
The Anglo Saxon exam is a stand alone exam. I do not use the Beowulf specific test any longer, because as you know, common core requires that we test skills learned and practiced during a unit with an unfamiliar piece of text: the literature is simply the vehicle for teaching skills. That is what the Ango Saxon exam does.
I included a basic Beowulf content test for those who are not using common core standards or as a way to check for understanding of the text. I thought this was clear in the description, but I will list them separately to avoid confusion.