Beowulf Test

Which phrase best describes Grendel? Hateful and Violent
Why does Grendel attack Hrothgar’s castle? Grendel hates the fact that Hrothgar and his men are happy
How does Beowulf prove he killed Grendel? He nails Grendel’s arm in the rafters.
What happens the night after Grendel is killed? Grendel’s mother attacks the mead hall, taking back his arm.
Which word or phrase best describes the relationship between Hrothgar and Beowulf? Like father like son.
Why does Beowulf decide to fight the dragon? Beowulf is angered that the dragon is causing death and destruction in his kingdom.
What happens to Wiglaf after the battle with the dragon? He becomes king
What seems to be Beowulf’s main reason for coming to help the Dane’s? Desire for flame and glory.
Why does Grendel’s mother attack Herot? To avenge her son
How does Beowulf kill Grendel’s mother? He kills her with a magical sword he finds in her lair.
What is Beowulf’s relationship to Higlac? His mother is Higlac’s sister.
For about how long does Beowulf rule the Geats? 50 years
What happens when Beowulf faces the fire breathing dragon? None of the other Geats help Beowulf.
What does Beowulf hope his burial tower will do? Serve as a warning beacon to seafarers.
Which of these qualities does Wiglaf most clearly display? Loyalty.
Why did the wife have to leave her home in The Wife’s Lament? – Kinsmen were successful in separating them – She has never had a permanent home.- Her husband abandoned her
What does the wife mourn in her elegy? Husband and home
What is the setting in the Wife’s Lament? Under an oak tree in a cave.
Epic A long narrative poem about a hero
Mead Hall A place of protection, celebration, and business in the Anglo Saxon village.
Elegy A reflective poem that laments the loss of something or someone.
Fatalistic The belief that what would happen was destined to happen. No afterlife.
Alliteration Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Geatland Beowulf’s home country.
Caesura Rhythmic breaks in the middle of lines, where the reader can pause for a breath.
Kenning 2-word “renamings” of people, places, or things that replace their name.
Beowulf is a larger than life character: Epic Hero
The lake scene near Grendel’s home is dark, bloody, and crawling with snakes: Atmosphere
The story takes place in Northern Europe many centuries ago Setting
Readers learn that “The king Beowulf was fated to reach the end of his days together with his foe, the flaming serpent..” Foreshadowing
A fierce dragon plays an important role in the story: Fantasy
“But fate, that night, intended / Grendel to gnaw to broken bones / for his last human supper. Foreshadowing
So Hrothgar’s men lived happy in his hall Alliteration
Grendel came / hoping to kill / anyone he could on his trip to high Herot. Alliteration

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