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 find in the woods while circling the hall?

2. What does Grendel see for the first time the night he hangs in the tree?

3. What does Grendel say Hrothgar's sons would do with their father's gold?

4. How does Grendel's mother comfort him?

5. Grendel thinks that the stranger is what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss why the fire snakes guard the sunken door.

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

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

5. Discuss Grendel's mother and how she differs from her son.

6. Describe Unferth's reaction to Grendel's speaking.

7. Describe the arrangement between Hrothgar and his closest neighbors.,

8. Describe the location of the creature's home.

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

10. What do snakes symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What has caused the people's faith to falter? Why do they continue to believe in their gods/statues? Is this a natural cycle for religion to take?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

The three priests represent one way of believing while Ork represents another. Discuss the differences in their beliefs and what has caused the discrepancies.

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