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Anglo Saxons - Everyday Life
The letters that the Anglo Saxons used were called runes.

Anglo Saxons - Everyday Life

Anglo Saxon culture is a significant part of KS2 history and this is the second of four quizzes on the subject. Specifically it looks at what everyday life was like for ordinary Anglo Saxons living at the time.

What was ordinary living and everyday life like for the Anglo Saxons? Generally preferring not to settle within the old Roman cities, the Anglo Saxons built small towns near their centres of agriculture. In each town a main hall belonging to the leader or lord was in the centre, provided with a central hearth. This was the focal point of life for everyone living in the town or village. Anglo-Saxon lords were expected to entertain their followers with feasts.

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1.
What did the Anglo Saxons cook in?
Clay oven
Cooking pot
Gas cooker
Stove
Vegetable stews were a common food for most Anglo Saxons
2.
What was the name of the parties held by the lord of the settlement?
Feast
Fiesta
Buffet
Banquet
Anglo Saxons liked to get together in the lord's great hall. Here they ate, drank, and to listened to songs and stories
3.
What was the name of the letters that Anglo Saxons used to write with?
Alphabet
Runes
Hieroglyphics
Cuneiform
The Anglo Saxons also thought the runes had magical powers
4.
What was made from barley?
Bread and wine
Bread and beer
Cheese and beer
Cheese and wine
Beer was a popular drink amongst Anglo Saxons
5.
What animal did Anglo Saxons use to pull a plough?
Horse
Oxen
Goat
Donkey
Oxen were stronger than horses
6.
What was an Anglo Saxon house built of?
Wood with thatched roof
Stone with thatched roof
Wood with tiled roof
Stone with tiled roof
It took the wood from 18 trees to build an Anglo Saxon house
7.
Which of these was NOT eaten by Anglo Saxons?
Potatoes
Cheese
Milk
Fish
The Spanish introduced the potato to Europe in the second half of the 16th century
8.
What were Anglo Saxon drinking cups made of?
Iron
Glass
Plastic
Leather
Leather was treated with fish or vegetable oils to make it waterproof. This was much cheaper than glass or iron and plastic was not invented until the 20th Century!
9.
How did Anglo Saxons fasten their clothes?
Zips
Buttons
Safety pins
Brooches
Brooches were like badges with pins on the back. These pins held cloaks together at the neck
10.
What did Anglo Saxons weave into cloth?
Silk
Cotton
Flax
Wool
Britain had plenty of sheep so there was a good supply of wool

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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