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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Grendel live?

2. What does Grendel find in the woods while circling the hall?

3. What happens when Grendel strikes the ground?

4. Why does the dragon tell Grendel to stand off to the side?

5. Where does Grendel go at the end of Chapter Four?

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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the name "Shaper" as applied to the hall poet or bard? Why is the title significant? What does the singer shape whenever he sings?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of the dragon. Why did the author use this particular creature to teach Grendel? Do you find the scenes with the dragon unnecessary? Does the dragon's intelligence reduce Grendel to the level of the bull he mocked earlier?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the creature's observation that animals see life without observing it. According to the creature, animals make no distinctions in their lives. What implications does this hold for men? For the creature itself?

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