Beowulf the Warrior Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ian Serraillier
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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. Who does Unferth claim Beowulf lost a swimming match to?

2. How does Grendel enter the hall?

3. What does Beowulf do when the celebration after Grendel's defeat ends?

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

5. What did Beowulf and his men cross on their way to Heorot?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Beowulf nail Grendel's arm to the wall of Heorot?

2. Once the Queen leaves Heorot, where do the Danes go?

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

4. How does Beowulf describe Hrothgar when he greets the King?

5. 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?

6. Why is Beowulf scarcely able to breathe as he fights the dragon?

7. What hope does Beowulf have for his future as Chapter 3 begins?

8. In response to Unferth's tale, what does Beowulf say that he and Breca were really doing?

9. How does Beowulf plan to show Unferth what courage is?

10. Where was the "tremendous sword" forged and who forged it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why is Grendel's mother's lair so much like Heorot? What is the significant difference between the two?

Essay Topic 3

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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