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Anglo Saxon Invaders
The history of the Anglo Saxons was written by the Venerable Bede, a monk living in 8th Century Jarrow.

Anglo Saxon Invaders

A major theme in KS2 history is the Anglo Saxon culture. This is the first of four quizzes on the subject focussing in particular on the Germanic invaders of Britain in the early Middle tribes - Angle, Saxon and Jute.

The Anglo Saxon and Jute invaders were Germanic peoples who raided Britain after the Romans had left. Eventually they settled and farmed the land. They were comprised of three Germanic tribes - the Angles from Angeln (in modern Germany), the Saxons from Lower Saxony in Germany, and the Jutes, possibly from the Jutland peninsula (in modern Denmark). These tribes formed new kingdoms in Britain such as East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, Wessex, Sussex, Essex and other minor kingdoms. These were all merged together in the 10th Century and became the new nation of England.

Take this quiz to find out what you know about the Anglo Saxon and Jute Invaders of Britain.

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1.
What did the Romans do to prevent the Saxon raids?
Sailed to Germany to defeat the Saxons
Sent more legions to Britain
Nothing
Built coastal forts
These were abandoned in 410 when the Romans left Britain
2.
Where did the Anglo Saxons never invade?
Wales
Scotland
Cornwall
All of these
The Anglo Saxons only conquered what was to become England
3.
What was the land invaded by the Anglo Saxons named?
Saxony
Britain
England
Anglia
All of the kingdoms of the Anglo Saxons were united by King Æthelstan in 927
4.
Who wrote down the stories about the Anglo Saxon invaders?
Alfred the Great
Bede
King Arthur
Vortigern
Bede was a monk in the 8th Century
5.
Who settled in the South of England?
Angles
Saxons
Jutes
Franks
The Saxons settled in the South - Essex, Sussex, Wessex and Middlesex are all named after them
6.
Which of these peoples invaded Britain during the 400s?
Picts and Scots
Angles
Jutes
All of these
Picts and Scots colonised what is now Scotland and Jutes, Angles and Saxons colonised what is now England
7.
Where did the Angles settle?
Kent and Midlands
Midlands and South
East Anglia, Midlands and the North of England
East Anglia and South
The Angles founded kingdoms in the Midlands (Mercia), East Anglia and the North of England (Northumbria)
8.
Who was the British leader that hired other Saxons to help defend their land?
Vortigern
Bede
King Arthur
Alfred the Great
At first they helped him but later attacked him and took his land
9.
Where did the first Saxon invaders come from?
Germany and Denmark
Denmark and France
Germany and Sweden
Germany and France
The ancestors of the English originated in modern day Germany and Denmark
10.
Who was said to have won a great battle against the Anglo Saxons around 500 CE?
Bede
King Arthur
Vortigern
Alfred the Great
No one knows if the stories about King Arthur are true

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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