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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 changes in the spring between the clans of men?
2. What does Grendel take from Hrothgar's Hall?
3. Who does Grendel scream for but does not help him get away from the bull?
4. In Chapter 8, who does Hrothgar intend to give to Ingeld to support a truce?
5. How do the men treat Grendel when he brings the corpse to them?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss the significance of Grendel's speech about heroes existing only in poetry.
2. Compare the bowsman hunting the hart to the priest coming to Grendel in the ring of gods.
3. Discuss the significance of Hrothgar's name for his mead hall.
4. Discuss the sentiment that bread-thieves die while murders go free.
5. Describe the match between Grendel and the stranger. What mistakes does Grendel make? What tactics does the stranger utilize?
6. Discuss the quote on page 7 where the creature gives himself alternate names (shadow-shooter, earth-rim-roamer, walker of the world's weird wall).
7. Does the Finn tale function only to foreshadow what will befall Hrothgar? Who else could suffer a similar fate?
8. Discuss how Grendel's relationship with men changes after his visit to the dragon.
9. Describe the arrangement between Hrothgar and his closest neighbors.,
10. How does the story of Finn foreshadow what could happen with Hrothgar's truces with Hygmod and Ingeld?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Compare and contrast the meeting between Unferth and Grendel in Grendel's cave and Grendel and the Stranger in Hrothgar's hall. Which encounter do you feel is more heroic? Why did Unferth fail while the Stranger succeeded?
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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