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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Grendel live?
(a) In a nest in the woods
(b) In an underground cavern
(c) In a hole in the ground
(d) In a mountain cave

2. What does Grendel find in the woods while circling the hall?
(a) A dead man
(b) A pile of treasure
(c) Garbage
(d) A store of weapons

3. What happens when Grendel strikes the ground?
(a) A volcano erupts
(b) A twelve foot seam opens
(c) The Hall crumbles
(d) The earth quakes

4. Why does the dragon tell Grendel to stand off to the side?
(a) Because he is blocking the light
(b) Because the dragon does not want Grendel on his gold
(c) So Grendel is not accidentally burned
(d) There is more room on the side for Grendel to sit

5. Where does Grendel go at the end of Chapter Four?
(a) To his cave
(b) Deeper into the mountains
(c) To the Dragon
(d) Across the sea

Short Answer Questions

1. How long are the dragon's talons?

2. In Chapter 11, what does Hrothgar call the lead stranger that upsets several people in the hall?

3. What does Grendel call the words of the blind man?

4. What is an adder?

5. What does Grendel want to know that the dragon won't answer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Ork's reaction as he talks about the King of Gods.

2. Describe the Danes reaction to the Geats as Grendel observes them.

3. What impression does the reader gain from the exchange between the lead stranger and Unferth in Chapter 11?

4. Describe the hairless man and his function in the group.

5. The goat invading the mere can be seen as a symbol and foreshadowing. What does the goat stand for?

6. Describe how the men act/talk in the mead halls. What is the function of this behavior?

7. What is the relationship between Hrothgar and Wealtheow? Are they a happy couple?

8. How does Grendel's meeting with the dragon help him define his role in the world of men?

9. Describe the arrangement between Hrothgar and his closest neighbors.,

10. Does the Finn tale function only to foreshadow what will befall Hrothgar? Who else could suffer a similar fate?

(see the answer keys)

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