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 time of year is it when Grendel begins his war with Hrothgar?

2. What does Grendel throw at Unferth?

3. What does Grendel call the words of the blind man?

4. Where does Grendel sit to watch the mens' activities?

5. What do the people do with the remains?

Short Essay Questions

1. What entices Grendel to Hrothgar's hall? Why is a part of him swept up in the merriment?

2. Discuss the futility of Unferth coming to Grendel's cave and what the action says about Unferth's character.

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

4. Who proves to be more heroic during the encounter between Unferth and Grendel in Grendel's cave?

5. How does the speaker feel about the brainless ram?

6. Describe how the bull fights.

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think that Grendel continues to update the reader on the dragon? Why does Grendel refer to the dragon by smell?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the author's choice to include the opening lines of the original Beowulf poem in his own retelling on pages 41 and 42. How does this technique affect the story? How significant is it that the harper sings the song as it would have been done in Beowulf's time?

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