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 the name of the priest who comes and speaks to Grendel after the ceremony in Chapter 9?

2. Grendel says that what is the worst pain in Chapter 10?

3. What statues stand near Hrothgar's hall?

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

5. How do the Strangers arrive in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the Danes respond to the arrival of the Geats?

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

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

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

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

7. Describe Grendel's reaction to the Strangers. How does he feel about the lead Stranger?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The three priests represent one way of believing while Ork represents another. Discuss the differences in their beliefs and what has caused the discrepancies.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Unferth's character. Is Unferth a protagonist or an antagonist in the novel? Why? What traits does Unferth exhibit?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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