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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How many horses does Hrothgar give Beowulf and his men?
2. What does Grendel want to do when he is first confronted by Beowulf?
3. According to Beowulf, in the story of his swimming competition with Breca, who cried out for help?
4. Where does Beowulf say he and his men are from?
5. What does Beowulf do when the celebration after Grendel's defeat ends?
Short Essay Questions
1. As Beowulf lies dying, what thoughts give him comfort?
2. Why does Beowulf nail Grendel's arm to the wall of Heorot?
3. Where was the "tremendous sword" forged and who forged it?
4. Once the Queen leaves Heorot, where do the Danes go?
5. How does Beowulf kill the dragon?
6. What spoils does Grendel's mother take with her from Heorot?
7. What do Beowulf and his men see when they reach the cliffs on their way to the lair?
8. How does Beowulf describe Hrothgar when he greets the King?
9. Rather than Beowulf being the one to call for help when he and Breca were in the ocean, what does Beowulf say actually happened?
10. In response to Unferth's tale, what does Beowulf say that he and Breca were really doing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Though the two do not get along, Beowulf wills his sword to Unferth before he goes into battle with Grendel's mother. Why does he do this? What does this act say about Beowulf?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay explaining what an epic poem is and how this story fits into that definition. What characteristics of an epic does it have? Are there elements of an epic that are missing?
Essay Topic 3
The foes Beowulf faces represent three emotions that sometimes result in violence. What are those emotions? Which foe represents each of these emotions? How do they represent the emotion? What actions do they take and why?
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