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. How do the strangers arrive?

2. How many strangers are there?

3. What does Grendel slip on that gives the stranger the upper hand?

4. What does Grendel imagine the stranger to be for a split second?

5. Where do Hrothgar's men watch for an attack?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the use of the word "theories" in the book. Grendel refers to theories, the dragon refers theories also. What theories do they propose? How are the dragon and Grendel theories themselves?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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