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 unique about Ork?

2. What is Hygmod leading when he meets Hrothgar?

3. In what year of Grendel's wars does Hrothgar's power begin to fail?

4. How does Grendel escape the stranger?

5. Who do the priests ask the gods to deliver them from?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Discuss the sentiment that bread-thieves die while murders go free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss Hrothgar's rise to power. What did it do to the land? How did it alter the outlying villages?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the Stranger's arrival at Hrothgar's hall. How does this scene embody the idea of the "hero on the beach" as discussed in class?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the author suddenly begin using italics and telling the action from inside Grendel's head? What reasons do you think the author has for switching narrative techniques? Does the technique enhance or confuse your understanding of the story?

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