Beowulf: Test Questions

Beowulf: Test Questions

Beowulf believes that the outcome of all of his efforts is ultimately determined by
a) God and fate.
b) the strength of his will.
c) the strength of his body.
d) the needs of his people.
God and fate
All of the following qualities of Beowulf come out in the epic except
a) courage
b) compassion
c) boastfulness
d) a sense of duty
boastfulness
How many men did Grendel kill the FIRST time he attacked the Mead Hall?
a) 10
b) 20
c) 30
d) 40
30
Grendel terrorizes the Mead Hall, except for one protected object. What is that object?
a) Hrothgar’s throne
b) Hrothgar’s crown
c) the chapel
d) the cross
Hrothgar’s throne
What past feat (victory) has Beowulf NOT done?
a) drove off 5 giants
b) killed sea monsters
c) beaten a fire breathing demon
d) won a bloody war battle
beaten a fire breathing demon
What was unusual in the way that Beowuof fought Grendel?
a) He went to fight alone without men to back him up.
b) He used magic against the monster and won.
c) He talked Grendel out of being an evil monster.
d) He fought with only his bare hands and no other weapons.
He fought with only his bare hands and no other weapons.
How does Grendel respond to the realization that Beowulf will challenge his fighting skills?
a) joyously – he is glad to have a worthy opponent.
b) excitedly – he was bored with such easy killing.
c) fearfully – he has never had to really defend himself before.
d) indifferently – he doesn’t care one way or the other.
fearfully – he has never had to really defend himself before.
Beowulf reflects the belief that the battle between good and evil (2 points)
a) is never-ending – he may have wone now, but there is more evil to beat.
b) has been won by evil, so good can never appear again.
c) has been won by good, so evil can never appear again.
d) ends with Grendel’s death – there will be no more monsters to fight.
is never-ending – he may have wone now, but there is more evil to beat.
Who does Beowulf come to help?
a) Herot
b) Hrothgar
c) the Geats
d) Grendel
Hrothgar
What monster did Beowulf NOT fight?
a) Grendel
b) Grendel’s mother
c) the big bad wolf
d) a fire breathing dragon
the big bad wolf
Which monster gave Beowulf his death wound?
a) Grendel
b) Grendel’s mother
c) the big bad wolf
d) a fire breathing dragon
a fire breathing dragon
Beowulf’s deeds require tremendous
a) trust
b) humiltiy
c) wisdom
d) courage
courage
The main struggle in Beowulf is between
a) love and hate
b) good and evil
c) peace and war
d) courage and cowardice
good and evil
Mark ALL of the characteristics that FIT Beowulf. Choose all that apply. (3 points)
a) fearless
b) hated
c) strong
d) respected
e) sneaky
fearless, strong, respected
What does the alliteration in the following lines help most to heighten? “Herot trembled, wonderfully/Built to withstand the blows, the struggling/Gread bodies beating at its beautiful walls.”
the sound and feeling of blows being struck
What is a heorot?
King Hrothgar’s mead-hall. Hrothgar’s lavish, wealthy hall – where his warriors gather to drink and feast and where he holds court – is named for this proud, majestic animal.
How does Beowulf plan to fight Grendel?
Kill him with his bare hands.
How does Unferth incur the anger of Beowulf?
He accuses him of losing his swimming contest