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Beowulf Quiz #4

I. Match the characters /or words with their descriptions.

___1. The Dragon A. Beowulf’s people

___2. Heorot B. King of the Danes

___3. Hrothgar C. Successor to Beowulf

___4. Geats D. mortally wounds Beowulf

___5. Grendel E. Greatest of mead-halls

___6. Wiglaf F. leaves claw behind in Heorot

___7. Grendel’s mother G. lives in a “lake of fire”

___8. Ecgtheow H. Beowulf’s Father

___9. Elegy I. a mid-line pause in poetry

___10. Caesura J. poem of lament

II. Multiple Choice


Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 
1. Beowulf’s personal reason for coming to Denmark is his
a. loyalty to Welthow.
b. desire for lasting fame.
c. friendship for Hrothgar.
d. obedience to his leader’s orders.

2. Referring to Grendel as "that shadow of death" is an example of a


a. boast.
b. simile.
c. caesura.
d. kenning.

3. In Beowulf, Grendel dies after his


a. head is severed.
b. arm is torn from its socket.
c. armour yields to Wayland’s steel.
d. heart is pierced by Beowulf’s sword.

4. Prior to Beowulf’s coming to their assistance against Grendel, Hrothgar’s people


a. fought among themselves.
b. thought about escaping by sea.
c. made sacrifices to the old stone gods.
d. made plans to construct another mead hall.

5. In Beowulf, the visitors to the Danish meadhall are


a. Geats.
b. Scyldings.
c. English warriors.
d. relatives from the south.

6. Beowulf defeats Grendel with his


a. shield.
b. sword.
c. powerful grip.
d. loyal followers.

7. Beowulf’s followers are unable to harm Grendel because


a. they are sleeping soundly.
b. they lack sufficient courage.
c. Grendel proves too powerful.
d. Grendel has put a spell on their weapons.

8. What does Beowulf do when he meets Hrothgar?


a. He begs for assistance.
b. He boasts of his exploits.
c. He gives the king a sword.
d. He greets the king humbly.

9.The man who challenges Beowulf’s strength, heroism, and past is also famous for killing
members of his own family. His name is:
a. Hrothgar
b. Wiglaf
c. Higlac
d. Unferth

10.Which of the following is characteristic of Old English poetry?


a. use of kennings
b. use of caesuras
c. use of alliteration
d. all of these
 

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3. In Beowulf, Grendel dies after his
. a. head is severed.
b. arm is torn from its socket.
c. armour yields to Wayland’s steel.
d. heart is pierced by Beowulf’s sword.
 
4. Prior to Beowulf’s coming to their assistance against Grendel, Hrothgar’s people
. a. fought among themselves.
b. thought about escaping by sea.
c. made sacrifices to the old stone gods.
d. made plans to construct another mead hall.
 
5. In Beowulf, the visitors to the Danish meadhall are
. a. Geats.
b. Scyldings.
c. English warriors.
d. relatives from the south.
 
6. Beowulf defeats Grendel with his
. a. shield.
b. sword.
c. powerful grip.
d. loyal followers.
 
7. Beowulf’s followers are unable to harm Grendel because
. a. they are sleeping soundly.
b. they lack sufficient courage.
c. Grendel proves too powerful.
d. Grendel has put a spell on their weapons.
 
8. What does Beowulf do when he meets Hrothgar?
. a. He begs for assistance.
b. He boasts of his exploits.
c. He gives the king a sword.
d. He greets the king humbly.

9.The man who challenges Beowulf’s strength, heroism, and past is


also famous for killing members of his own family. His name is:

a. Hrothgar
b. Wiglaf
c. Higlac
d. Unferth

10.Which of the following is characteristic of Old English poetry?


a. use of kennings
b. use of caesuras
c. use of alliteration
d. all of these