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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 do the three priests think Ork is, based on his story in Chapter 9?
2. The young priest tells the people that the gods made what for their joy?
3. What does Grendel slip on that gives the Stranger the upper hand in Chapter 12?
4. What course of action does Red Horse suggest to Hrothulf in Chapter 8?
5. At what time of day do the Strangers arrive in Chapter 11?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss the sentiment that bread-thieves die while murderers go free. What is meant by this statement?
2. Describe the effect Wealtheow has on Hrothgar's hall.
3. Discuss the people's view of religion after years of Grendel's oppression.
4. Does the Finn tale function only to foreshadow what will befall Hrothgar? Who else could suffer a similar fate?
5. Discuss Wealtheow's life at Hart and her unspoken feelings about her position as queen.
6. Discuss the priests' reaction to Ork's tale of speaking with the Great Destroyer.
7. Discuss Ork's behavior as he talks about the King of Gods.
8. Describe the lead Stranger. How does he act? What does he look like?
9. In Chapter 12, who are Grendel's final words directed toward? What foreshadowing do his words provide?
10. Describe the behavior of Grendel's mother. How are her actions altered by Grendel's increase in power?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What do you think Grendel means when he says that it was inevitable that a blind man came to Hrothgar's hall? Why is the man's blindness significant to the story or his role within the hall?
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 is Grendel given a name but the Stranger never is? How was Grendel named? Who named Grendel?
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