Beowulf: Test Review
a. He is the son of a Great ruler who came to fight in England.
b. He is a soldier who fought in battles long ago.
c. He is larger than life and is remembered in tales from long ago.
d. He believes in honor and loyalty.
a. He is willing to risk his life in order to earn fame by killing Grendel.
b. He is known as a follower and cousin of Higlac.
c. His father was the great Edgetho, a famous warrior.
d. He refuses to use a sword to fight Grendel because Grendel has none.
a. his sword
b. his hands
c. a dagger
d. a lance
a. God’s judgment
b. Beowulf’s kindness
c. good luck
d. Beowulf’s powerful grip
a. The strongest always win.
b. Evil can never be defeated.
c. Good always triumphs in the end.
d. Sometimes everyone needs help.
a. Beowulf wants Wiglaf to kill his cowardly companions.
b. Beowulf realizes Wiglaf is the strongest warrior.
c. Beowulf is making Wiglaf ruler of Geatland.
d. Beowulf is rewarding Wiglaf for saving his life.
a. It is a poem about terrible monsters and dragons.
b. It is a long poem that tells a story about a legendary hero.
c. It tells about real events and real people of long ago.
d. It was not written down at first but told by storytellers.
Their courage / Was great but all wasted: they could hack at Grendel / From every side, trying to open / A path for his evil soul, but their points / Could not hurt him….
-trying to open / A path for his evil soul,
a. opening a door so he could escape
b. trying to save his soul
c. stopping him from escaping
d. attempting to kill him
a. to remind people of his life and famous deeds
b. to warn people not to make war on Geatland
c. to serve as a landmark for sailors from afar
d. to protect the treasure that came from the dragon’s tower
a. “‘Higlac is my cousin and my king; the days / Of my youth have been filled with glory.’”
b. “Their guide reined in his horse, pointing / To that hall, built by Hrothgar for the best / And bravest of his men…”
c. “The high hall rang, its roof boards swayed, / And Danes shook with terror.”
d. “‘…I have come so far, / Oh shelterer of warriors and your people’s loved friend, / That this one favor you should not refuse me…’”
Which is the best paraphrase of the following passage from the poem?
So the living sorrow of Healfdane’s son / Simmered, bitter and fresh, and no wisdom / Or strength could break it: that agony hung / On king and people alike…
a. Hrothgar felt a strong and unending sorrow that he had no power to overcome. It affected both him and his subjects.
b. The king was in agony and out of his mind because of what his people had done to him.
c. Grendel was furious at the Danes and so he inflicted great pain on the king and his people.
d. Hrothgar felt an endless sorrow he couldn’t get rid of.
a. “…Hidden evil before hidden evil.”
b. “…Burns like a torch. No one knows its bottom…”
c. “…And golden cups and the glorious banner…”
d. “…And struck at the dragon’s scaly hide.”
When used to describe Beowulf, the phrase “noble protector of all seamen” is an example of
a. a caesura.
b. a wyrd.
c. a kenning.
d. an alliteration.
a. He wants to help Hrothgar by killing Grendel.
b. He has been sent into exile by the king of Geatland.
c. He needs Hrothgar’s help against an enemy.
d. He comes to seek shelter in Hrothgar’s hall.
a. They had promised to help Beowulf when he needed them.
b. Together they can win and get the dragon’s gold.
c. Beowulf is too old to fight any more on his own.
d. They can share Beowulf’s fame if they kill the dragon.
-the monster’s thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws
a. He is hungry
b. He has intelligence
c. He has sharp claws.
d. His is not trustworthy.
a. Beowulf requested that the tower be built.
b. The treasure is left in the tower.
c. Beowulf’s body has been cremated.
d. Most of the Geats had deserted him in battle.
a. a victory over a monster
b. the discovery of a great treasure
c. the sight of Grendel’s head
d. the death of a loved one
solace – comfort; relief
a. drive out
purge – purify; cleanse
-…The dragon / Coiled and uncoiled, its heart urging it / Into battle…