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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. Why is Wealtheow not immediately allowed in the hall with the strangers?
(a) She is not welcome
(b) The situation is too tense
(c) Women eat later
(d) She is sick
2. Who are the two speakers of poetry in Chapter 8?
(a) Hrothulf and Wealtheow
(b) Hrothgar and Wealtheow
(c) Hrothgar and Grendel
(d) Hrothulf and Hrothgar
3. What ominous feeling does Grendel have?
(a) That he will die soon
(b) That something is coming
(c) That Hrothgar will die soon
(d) That Unferth will die soon
4. Who is the leader of the Heathobards who poses a threat to Hrothgar?
5. Who is Hrothgar's younger brother?
Short Answer Questions
1. Who gathers around to watch Grendel die?
2. What invades Grendel's mere?
3. What has happened to the Shaper?
4. Grendel says that what is the worst pain?
5. When Grendel begins to fight the stranger he considers him what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss Wealtheow's reaction to Hrothgar's claiming the stranger as a son and the plan to marry Freawaru off as the sign of a truce in Chapter 11.
2. Discuss the images of the Shaper being burned on the pyre at the end of Chapter 10. What do the images symbolize?
3. Describe the lead stranger. How does he act? What does he look like?
4. Describe Grendel's reaction to the strangers. How does he feel about the lead stranger?
5. Discuss the sentiment that bread-thieves die while murders go free.
6. Does the Finn tale function only to foreshadow what will befall Hrothgar? Who else could suffer a similar fate?
7. Discuss the priests' reaction to Ork's tale of speaking with the Great Destroyer.
8. Describe the effect Wealtheow has on Hrothgar's hall.
9. What impression does the reader gain from the exchange between the lead stranger and Unferth in Chapter 11?
10. In Chapter 12, discuss Grendel's interpretation of why his mother does not answer him as he calls for her while fighting the Stranger.
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