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 does the Shaper's assistant sing of at the funeral?

2. Why is Wealtheow not immediately allowed in the hall with the strangers?

3. What invades Grendel's mere?

4. The stranger tells Grendel to do what?

5. What threat, besides Grendel, does Hrothgar face?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the lead stranger. How does he act? What does he look like?

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

3. Discuss what Grendel means by saying that it is just as pointless to kill Wealtheow as to let her live.

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

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

6. Describe the match between Grendel and the stranger. What mistakes does Grendel make? What tactics does the stranger utilize?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Grendel's relationship with his mother when he is young. How does she treat him? How does this affect his adulthood? How does their relationship shift as he grows older?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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