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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) Jonah and the Whale.
(c) Creation and Cain and Abel.
(d) The Flood.

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

3. In Chapter 6, Who is the first to realize Grendel can talk?
(a) Unferth.
(b) Wealtheow.
(c) Unferth.
(d) A priest.

4. What is the dragon sitting on?
(a) A huge pile of gold, jewels, and treasure.
(b) A throne.
(c) A pile of bones.
(d) A pile of kingly robes.

5. What does Grendel say Hrothgar's sons would do with their father's gold?
(a) Spend it.
(b) Give it all away.
(c) Divide it evenly.
(d) Weigh it in their minds.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Grendel going when he leaves his home in Chapter 1?

2. Who is the woman that Grendel killed long ago?

3. What does Hrothgar throw at Grendel in Chapter 3?

4. What does Grendel do with the corpse in Chapter 4?

5. What is Grendel caught in when the bull charges him in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Grendel feel about the brainless ram?

3. The dragon talks about fate, free will, and the consistency of time but encourages Grendel to change something. How does the dragon not heed his own advice?

4. What is the dragon’s dictum? How does he play out this dictum?

5. Describe how the bull fights in Chapter 2.

6. Why is Grendel drawn to and repulsed by Hrothgar's great hall?

7. What does the dragon say that changes Grendel's mind about approaching men? How does the dragon feel about Grendel's change of heart?

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

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

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

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