Beowulf – Main Questions

Beowulf – Main Questions

protagonist of Beowulf
Beowulf
a descendant of Cain’s clan
Grendel
king of the Danes
Hrothgar
Hrothgar’s mead hall
Heorot
king of the Geats when Beowulf fought Grendel
Hygelac
founder of the Danish lineage whose funeral starts at the beginning of the poem
Shield Sheafson
Unferth’s sword that Beowulf used
Hrunting
queen of the Geats, wife of Hygelac
Hygd
assists his king in defeating the dragon
Wiglaf
queen of the Danes
Wealtheow
_____ is not included in the line of Shield Sheafson
Beowulf
Grendel becomes enraged and attacks Heorot because
he hates hearing the joyful sounds and story of creation
______ does not kill Aeschere
Grendel
Hrothgar recognizes Beowulf’s name because
Hrothgar had known Beowulf’s father
Beowulf vows to defend the Danes and fight Grendel
without weapons
When Grendel’s mom comes to avenge her son’s death, she
snatches Grendel’s arm and abducts Aeschere
After Grendel’s mother attacks Heorot, Beowulf tells Hrothgar it is better to
avenge dear ones rather than engage in mourning
During the battle between Beowulf and Grendel’s mother
Beowulf cuts her head off with a sword from her underwater lair
What two things does Beowulf bring back with his after defeating Grendel’s mom?
The hilt of a sword and Grendel’s head
In his last speech to Beowulf, Hrothgar warns Beowulf against the dangers of
power
Beowulf presents Hygelac with this gift that is precious that Hygelac has with him years later when he dies in battle
the golden torque or necklace
The dragon attacks the Geats because
a slave takes a goblet from his hoard
While mourning at Beowulf’s funeral pyre, a Geat woman prophesies
invasion of Geatland and slavery for its people
Using hell-bride in place of the name of Grendel’s mom is an example of a
kenning
The poem Beowulf was originally
spoken orally by a scop or bard
Beowulf and the other warriors engage in the practice of boasting called
flyting
Beowulf’s memorial does not include
a cross
The poem Beowulf was written down near the year
725 AD
The translator of Beowulf is
Seamus Heaney
The Christian scribes who wrote down the epic poem for the first time were in this country
England
The fine paid by a warrior when he kills another warrior as restitution for the lost life is called
wergild
In Beowulf when the dying Beowulf gives Wiglaf his gold necklace, the gesture means that
Beowulf is passing on the rulership of Geatland to Wiglaf
Grendel couldn’t harm Hrothgar’s throne because
it was protected by God