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 does Grendel consider the ultimate act of nihilism?

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

3. What do the village children make in the snow?

4. Red Horse says all what are monstrously evil?

5. What happens when Grendel touches the door?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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

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

6. What impression does the reader gain from the exchange between the lead stranger and Unferth in Chapter 11?

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

8. In Chapter 12, discuss Grendel's interpretation of why his mother does not answer him as he calls for her while fighting the Stranger.

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

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

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 what Grendel comes to realize while hanging in the tree. Why is this realization important?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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