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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. What Biblical stories does the harper sing of?
(a) Moses
(b) The Flood
(c) Jonah and the Whale
(d) Creation and Cain and Abel

2. What did Hrothgar build on his hill out of stone?
(a) A hall
(b) Roads
(c) A wall
(d) A throne

3. What does Grendel do with Unferth when he comes to the cave?
(a) Eats him
(b) Leaves him for his mother
(c) Takes him back to Hrothgar's hall
(d) Feeds him to the firesnakes

4. In Chapter 7, who sings at the feast when Wealtheow is given to Hrothgar?
(a) Hygmod
(b) Ingeld
(c) Hrothulf
(d) Wealtheow

5. What changes in the spring between the clans of men?
(a) They begin warring
(b) They plant crops together
(c) They build one main hall
(d) They sign a truce

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Grendel ultimately do to the outlawed men?

2. What color does the creature say Hrothgar's beard is?

3. What does Grendel call the bard in the hall?

4. How does Grendel initially feel about the part in Hart?

5. How old is Hrothgar when Grendel decides to destroy him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the story of Finn foreshadow what could happen with Hrothgar's truces with Hygmod and Ingeld?

4. Describe Unferth's reaction to Grendel's speaking.

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

6. Compare the bowsman hunting the hart to the priest coming to Grendel in the ring of gods.

7. Discuss Grendel's personal transformation during and as a result of his first raid.

8. Discuss the significance of Hrothgar's name for his mead hall.

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

10. Discuss what Grendel means by saying that it is just as pointless to kill Wealtheow as to let her live.

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