Beowulf Practice Test Questions

How does Hrothgar know of Beowulf? Hrothgar was friends with Beowulf’s father
Where does Grendel come from? He is spawned from slime.He is descendant of Cain.He is from a hell on earth.
How many men can Grendel scoop up in one hand? 30
When does Grendel attack Herot hall? Late at night
Why is Grendel seeking revenge on mankind? He was banished from God and is seeking to create evil
How many men does Beowulf take with him to battle Grendel? 14
Who welcomes Beowulf back to Denmark, land of the Danes? Beowulf’s cousin, Hyglac
Why does Wulfgar tell Beowulf not to take his sword/weapons in to meet Hrothgar? Hrothgar might think Beowulf is attacking the Danes
True or False: Beowulf believes that God will control who wins the battle between Grendel and himself. True
True or False: Beowulf promises the Danes that he will either kill Grendel or die in the battle himself True
As Beowulf prepares to battle Grendel, why does he allow Grendel to kill one man first? Beowulf is making his plan of action
Who does the author of Beowulf call “that shepherd of evil, that guardian of crime?” Beowulf
How does Beowulf conquer Grendel? Beowulf tears off Grendel’s arm, and he bleeds to death
What is the only thing that can destroy Herot hall? Fire
Who is “that mighty protector of men?” Beowulf
What spell does Grendel place during the battle with Beowulf? He curses Beowulf’s sword so it cannot harm him
True or False: Beowulf uses a sword to defeat Grendel in battle False
What “trophy of battle” does Beowulf bring back from his battle with Grendel? Grendel’s arm
What is Beowulf’s second challenge from the Danes? Kill Grendel’s mother
Briefly describe Grendel’s mother Very strong, sea witch,a cave underneath a lake, fiery flame lake
What literary element is used in the following statement: “For Beowulf, the price of this last victory will be great”? What can we assume is meant by this statement? Foreshadowing; there are more victories to come in the future
Who/what is Hrunting? Beowulf’s sword
All of the following are examples of the imagery associated with Grendel’s lair except…… A lake burning like a torch
What is unusual about the battle-hall in which Grendel’s mother carries Beowulf? It is magical so Grendel’s mother can’t die in it
True or False: Beowulf’s sword can cut through Gendel’s mother’s neck False
What is Beowulf’s motivation in the battle against Grendel’s mother? To attain ultimate fame
True or False: Magic plays a part in Beowulf’s success in the battle against Grendel’s mother True
Who or what does Beowulf seek out immediately after killing Grendel’s mother? Hrunting
What does Beowulf carry back to King Hrothgar? Grendel’s head
How many years pass between the battle with Grendel’s mother and the battle with the dragon? 50 years
True or False: Beowulf doesn’t use weapons in the battle against the dragon True
True or False: The dragon’s breath melts Beowulf’s shield True
Who is the only warrior who shows Beowulf loyalty? Wiglaf
What does Beowulf request to be done for his funeral? That he be buried in a tomb

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