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. What is Grendel's law?

2. Grendel hopes twelve is what?

3. Red Horse says all what are monstrously evil?

4. Grendel says that what is the worst pain?

5. Who helps the stranger fight Grendel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the people's view of religion after years of Grendel's oppression.

2. Describe the Danes reaction to the Geats as Grendel observes them.

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

4. What do Wealtheow's words to the sleeping Hrothulf mean?

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

6. Discuss the priests' reaction to Ork's tale of speaking with the Great Destroyer.

7. Discuss the statement, "By deeds worth praise a man can, in any kingdom, prosper!" How do these words from the Shaper contradict what the dragon told Grendel?

8. Describe Grendel's reaction to the strangers. How does he feel about the lead stranger?

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

10. How does Grendel's assertion that the stranger's success is an accident contrast with the dragon's speech about the inevitability of events?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Grendel's relationship with his mother when he is young. How does she treat him? How does this affect his adulthood? How does their relationship shift as he grows older?

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

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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