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Beowulf the Warrior Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ian Serraillier
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Beowulf and his men march to Heorot, what glares from their helmets?



2. What does the Queen give Beowulf and his men to drink?



3. After Grendel's defeat, what do the Danes decorate the hall with?



4. What attacked Beowulf while he was in the ocean with Breca?



5. What instrument does the minstrel play while Beowulf and his men are in the hall?



Short Essay Questions

1. When do Beowulf and his men learn of the attack of Grendel's mother on Heorot?



2. Why does Beowulf say he snaps his fingers in the face of death?



3. Why are Hrothgar and his men surprised when Beowulf returns to Heorot with Grendel's head?



4. How does Beowulf kill the dragon?



5. Rather than Beowulf being the one to call for help when he and Breca were in the ocean, what does Beowulf say actually happened?



6. Why is Wiglaf the only one of Beowulf's men to come to Beowulf's aid as he battles the dragon?



7. What do Beowulf's people do with the dragon's treasure and why?



8. What does the train on the Queen's dress look like?



9. Where does the watchman see the "glint of death" in Beowulf's party?



10. According to Hrothgar, what cannot harm Grendel?



Essay Topics

There is a point during the battle with Grendel's mother at which only God can save Beowulf. Why do you think the author makes it a point to state that God set Beowulf free? What does this saving of Beowulf symbolize?

The Queen is mentioned only briefly in the story, yet her role is significant. What does the queen represent? Why is her role important to the story?

Each of Beowulf's three foes fall along a scale ranging from completely monster to the most human-like. Place the foes in order of least human to most human and discuss the characteristics of each in terms of their animal and human characteristics.

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