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Anglo-Saxon Webquest

The purpose of this webquest is to explore the daily life, religion, and culture of the Anglo-Saxons. Learning about these aspects of Anglo-Saxon life will enhance your understanding of the time period and the Anglo-Saxon literature we will study (The Ruin, The Riddles, Beowulf, The Rune Poem).
Review Questions:
Who lived in England prior to the Anglo-Saxons?

Who invaded next?

Where did the Anglo-Saxons come from?


Homes and Halls
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  1. What happened to many of the towns set up by the Romans?

  1. What materials were homes constructed from?

  1. Describe how the houses were set up.

  1. Who lived in the Hall (mead hall)?

  1. Describe the set-up and atmosphere of a mead hall.

Food and Drink
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  1. What types of food did Anglo-Saxons grow?

  1. What did they drink instead of water? Why?

  1. Why were many Anglo-Saxons vegetarians?

  1. What was the only type of animal used just for its meat?

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  1. Scroll to the bottom and click on the three recipes. Of these three, which would you most prefer to eat? Why?

  1. What are three ingredients in the recipe above?




Social Structure
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Scroll down to “A Lord’s Life.”

  1. Who was at the top of the social ladder?

  1. What was this person expected to provide?

  1. What were the two social classes below the king?

  1. What are three ways people became slaves?




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  1. What was the penalty for killing a slave?

  1. What was the penalty for raping a slave?

  1. What was the penalty for one slave raping another?

  1. Scroll to the last sentence of this page. Where were “freeing ceremonies” performed? Why?

Daily Life
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  1. If you were to go back in time to the year 1000 and meet an Anglo-Saxon, what is the first thing you would notice?

  1. What happened to people after the year 1000 and before today that made them smaller?

  1. At what age was a boy considered old enough to swear an oath to the king?

  1. When did most girls marry?

  1. When did most adults die?

  1. What disease found in skeletal remains tells us these people worked hard?

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  1. What was morgengifu, and when was it given?

  1. If a woman wished to divorce her husband, how much money and property was she entitled to?

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  1. What is the title of this page?

  1. What does it mean?

  1. What items were used in healing both the body and spirit?

  1. What did people do to wounds to speed healing?

  1. What is the title of one of the Charms listed?

Games and Entertainment
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  1. What story is mentioned under “story-telling?”

  1. Click on “Riddles and Runes” in the left column. What do you think the answer to the riddle is?

  1. Click on “Games and Sports.” What are some sports they enjoyed?

  1. What were the gambling dice found in the grave made from?

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  1. What are two board games listed on this page?

Lookin’ Good
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  1. What are two things Anglo-Saxons used to brush and polish their teeth?

  1. What did the Swedish anthropologist find in the teeth of 24 Viking-era men?

  1. What were some possible purposes for this?

  1. Look at the paragraph that starts with “Long Hair.” Click on the link that says “costly fine.” What were the punishments for the following?

    1. Shaving a man’s head (without tying him up)= ________ shillings

    2. Shaving a man’s beard= __________ shillings

    3. Tying a man up and shaving his head= ________ shillings

  1. The next paragraph gives the fine for cutting off an arm or leg. What is it?

_________ shillings

  1. What does this penalty tell us about long hair on men?

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  1. What material was used for most clothing?

  1. Did women wear underwear other than a slip (shift)?

  1. What did they wear over their shift?

  1. What were some colors of clothing?

  1. What did men wear?

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Scroll to the bottom of the page.

  1. What did people use for eye makeup?

  1. What are 3 reasons people throughout the ages have had tattoos?

  1. How were tattoos accomplished?

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  1. What are some aspects of life that the Anglo-Saxon pagan (heathen) gods ruled?

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  1. Click on one of the gods listed in the left column. Write a sentence about that god:

  1. Go back to the previous page. Click on one of the stories from the right column. What is the story about?

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We get the names of the days of the week from Saxon gods. Fill in the blanks below:

Monday= _____________’ s day (god of _____________________________)

Tuesday= _____________’ s day (god of _____________________________)

Wednesday=_____________’ s day (god of _____________________________)

Thursday=_____________’ s day (god of _____________________________)

Friday=_____________’ s day (goddess of _____________________________)

Sunday=_____________’ s day (god of _____________________________)

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Scroll down to “From Pagan to Christianity”

  1. About how long ago were the pagans converted?

  1. What is the name of the man who converted the king in Kent?

  1. Where did this man build a church?

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  1. What are runes?

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  1. Type your first name in the box. Copy down the runes (symbols shown) below:

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