Beowulf Test Review

Who were Grendel’s earliest ancestors? A pair of monsters born of Cain
“Wondering what the warriors would do” is an example of what literary element? alliteration
What does Grendel do on his first visit to Herot? He kills and eats thirty men
What news about Grendel spreads all over the world that makes him so frightening to Anglo-Saxons? He seeks no peace, offers no truce, and accepts no settlement to stop killing
What experience does Beowulf have that causes his countrymen to encourage him to fight Grendel? He hunted monsters out of the ocean and drove five giants into chains
How does Beowulf fight Grendel? With his bare hands
How does Beowulf defeat Grendel? He pulls his arm off
“Sometimes a proud old soldier… would weave a net of words for Beowulf’s victory, tying the knot of his verses smoothly” contains examples of which literary element? metaphor
What little story does Hrothgar tell to illustrate the evil nature of Grendel’s mother’s lake? A deer would not go in the lake to save itself from being killed by a pack of dogs
What superhuman thing does Beowulf do when seeking Grendel’s mother? He swims underwater for hours
How does Beowulf defeat Grendel’s mother? He cuts her head off with a huge sword that was made by giants
How heavy is Grendel’s head? It takes four men to carry it
How much time passes between Beowulf’s victory over Grendel’s mother and his battle with the dragon? Fifty years
During the battle with the dragon, what happens to Beowulf’s sword and shield? His sword breaks and his shield melts
What does Wiglaf say to the warriors who failed to help Beowulf in his battle with the dragon? He says they are traitors, and they and their families are disgraced forever
What does the dragon do to Beowulf that eventually causes Beowulf’s death? It bites him in the neck and poisons him
What does Beowulf say about the years he has reigned as king? They have been peaceful because no other countries have threatened the Geats
What does Beowulf tell Wiglaf to do? Lead the Geats as their next king
“They came like shamefaced jackals” is an example of which literary element? simile
What do Beowulf’s followers believe about him? He was the best king ever
Describing Grendel’s hands as “hell-forged” is an example of what literary element especially common in epic poetry? stock epithet
Referring to Hrothgar as the “shelterer of warriors” is an example of what literary element especially cocmmon in epic poetry? kenning
What does Beowulf do to show the Danes he has been victorious over Grendel? He hangs Grendel’s arm from the rafters in Herot
“Fate, that night, intended Grendel to gnaw the broken bones of his last human supper” is an example of which literary element? foreshadowing
Why couldn’t Beowulf’s men help him kill Grendel? Their swords don’t cut Grendel’s skin because Grendel had “bewitched all men’s weapons” to make them unable to harm him

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