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. Halga's orphaned son is who?

2. Who does Hrothulf meet in the woods at times?

3. Where are the strangers from?

4. Why have the strangers come?

5. What invades Grendel's mere?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Discuss Ork's reaction as he talks about the King of Gods.

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

Why is Grendel given a name but the stranger never is? How was Grendel named? Who named Grendel?

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