Beowulf Short Answer 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, to show respect
True or False: Beowulf believes that fate 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?” Grendel
How does Beowulf conquer Grendel? Beowulf tears off Grendel’s arm, and he bleeds to death
Who is “that mighty protector of men?” Beowulf
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
Who/what is Hrunting? Beowulf’s sword
True or False: Beowulf’s sword can cut through Gendel’s mother’s neck False
True or False: Magic plays a part in Beowulf’s success in the battle against Grendel’s mother True
What does Beowulf carry back to King Hrothgar? Grendel’s head and the hilt of the jeweled sword
How many years pass between the battle with Grendel’s mother and the battle with the dragon? 50 years
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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