Grendel Test | Final 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. Who does Hrothulf meet in the woods at times?

2. What is Hygmod leading when he meets Hrothgar?

3. How many strangers are there?

4. Where are the strangers from?

5. What do the people sacrifice to the god statues?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between Hrothgar and Wealtheow? Are they a happy couple?

2. What similarities do you see between the brief account of Finn and Hnaef and Hrothgar and Wealtheow's brother?

3. The goat invading the mere can be seen as a symbol and foreshadowing. What does the goat stand for?

4. Discuss Wealtheow's life at Hart and her unspoken feelings about her position as queen.

5. Describe the match between Grendel and the stranger. What mistakes does Grendel make? What tactics does the stranger utilize?

6. Does the Finn tale function only to foreshadow what will befall Hrothgar? Who else could suffer a similar fate?

7. Discuss the images of the Shaper being burned on the pyre at the end of Chapter 10. What do the images symbolize?

8. Describe the effect Wealtheow has on Hrothgar's hall.

9. Discuss Wealtheow's reaction to Hrothgar's claiming the stranger as a son and the plan to marry Freawaru off as the sign of a truce in Chapter 11.

10. Describe the behavior of Grendel's mother. How are her actions altered by Grendel's increase in power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Now that Grendel has been terminated as a threat to Hrothgar, what other threats does Hrothgar now face? Are these threats easier to handle than Grendel? Do you think that Hrothgar should have been more concerned about his political position rather than Grendel's raids?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the creature's observation that animals see life without observing it. According to the creature, animals make no distinctions in their lives. What implications does this hold for men? For the creature itself?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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