Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Chapter 1
1. What does Grendel look like?
2. Why does Grendel attack Heorot?
3. Why does Grendel attack Heorot at night?
4. What do the people in the story call the Baltic Sea?
5. Where does the watchman see the "glint of death" in Beowulf's party?
6. What is the name of the man the watchman says will meet Beowulf and his men at the door of Heorot, and what is the man's position in the kingdom?
7. How does Beowulf...
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