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 discover about the second man he snatches in Chapter 12?

2. What is the name of Hrothgar's third child?

3. In Chapter 7, who sings at the feast when Wealtheow is given to Hrothgar?

4. How does Grendel escape the Stranger in Chapter 12?

5. Who does the Shaper's assistant sing of at the funeral?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss the sentiment that bread-thieves die while murderers go free. What is meant by this statement?

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

5. Describe the lead Stranger. How does he act? What does he look like?

6. Discuss Ork's behavior as he talks about the King of Gods.

7. In Chapter 12, who are Grendel's final words directed toward? What foreshadowing do his words provide?

8. Compare the bowsman hunting the hart to the priest coming to Grendel in the ring of gods.

9. Discuss the statement, "By deeds worth praise a man can, in any kingdom, prosper!" (112). How do these words from the Shaper contradict what the dragon told Grendel?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What has caused the people's faith to falter? Why do they continue to believe in their gods/statues? Is this a natural cycle for religion to take?

Essay Topic 2

Why do you think that Grendel continues to update the reader on the dragon? Why does Grendel refer to the dragon by smell? How does Grendel’s relationship with the dragon evolve in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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