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. The three priests think Ork is?

2. What do the king and queen wait patiently to happen?

3. Who does Ork tell the other priests he has been speaking too?

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

5. Grendel hopes twelve is what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

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

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

10. What impression does the reader gain from the exchange between the lead stranger and Unferth in Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think that Grendel continues to update the reader on the dragon? Why does Grendel refer to the dragon by smell?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Grendel's state of mind in the twelfth year of his war. Is he going crazy? Has his power over Hrothgar overwhelmed him?

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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