Grendel Test | 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. What does Grendel ultimately do to the outlawed men?

2. In Chapter 8, Ingeld is the ruler of who?

3. What can no longer harm Grendel?

4. In Chapter 7, what happens to the bear?

5. In Chapter 7, Unferth is accused of killing whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Grendel hope his mother will tell him someday? Why doesn't she?

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

4. How does Grendel's existence hinge on Hrothgar's survival?

5. Discuss what the dragon tells Grendel about the thoughts of men. Who bring connectedness to these thoughts?

6. Discuss how Grendel's relationship with men changes after his visit to the dragon.

7. Discuss why you think Grendel chooses to spare Unferth in his cave and on subsequent raids.

8. Discuss the significance of Grendel's speech about heroes existing only in poetry.

9. Does the speaker have delusions about his own intelligence?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of the word "theories" in the book. Grendel refers to theories, the dragon refers theories also. What theories do they propose? How are the dragon and Grendel theories themselves?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Unferth's character. Is he heroic? Is he a coward?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the author suddenly begin using italics and telling the action from inside Grendel's head? What reasons do you think the author has for switching narrative techniques? Does the technique enhance or confuse your understanding of the story?

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