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. Who is the leader of the Heathobards who poses a threat to Hrothgar?

2. Who is the young king?

3. Why have the strangers come?

4. Who is Hrothgar's younger brother?

5. Grendel says the priests taste like what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. The goat invading the mere can be seen as a symbol and foreshadowing. What does the goat stand for?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the name "Shaper" as applied to the hall poet or bard? Why is the title significant? What does the singer shape whenever he sings?

Essay Topic 2

What do you think Grendel means that it was inevitable that a blind man came to Hrothgar's hall? Why is the man's blindness significant to the story or his role within the hall?

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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