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. In Chapter 10, why does Hengest kill Finn?

2. What is the dragon sitting on?

3. Grendel thinks that the stranger is what?

4. What do the people do with the remains?

5. Who do the people pray too?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the bull fights.

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

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

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

5. Describe life around the village as Grendel observes it.

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

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

8. Describe the dragon's appearance.

9. 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).

10. Describe how the men act/talk in the mead halls. What is the function of this behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Grendel given a name but the stranger never is? How was Grendel named? Who named Grendel?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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