Beowulf

How can the reader tell that Beowulf is a legendary story? The hero is describedas someone greater than all other men
In Beowulf, why does Beowulf sail with his chosen companions to Hrothgar’s kingdom? To help Hrothgar by destroying a monster
What line from Beowulf contains an example of kenning? “… I have come so far, / oh shelter of warriors and you peoples, loved friend, / That this one favor you should not refuse me…
From what fact can the reader infer that Beowulf from Beowulf’s is honorable? He refused to use weapons because Grendel uses more
What does this line from Beowulf mean? “The monster thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws” He has intelligence
At the end of the battle in Beowulf, the poet attributes Grendel’s defeat to what? God’s power
Which of the following best summarizes the them of Beowulf? Valor will triumph at the end
What is the best paraphrase of the following passage from Beowulf? “So 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… “ Hrothgar felt a strong and unending sorrow that he had no power to overcome. It affected both him and his subjects
In Beowulf, Why does Wiglaf think he and his comrades should help Beowulf fight the dragon? In the past, they had promised to repay Beowulfs kindness with theirs
In Beowulf when the dying Beowulf gives Wiglaf his gold necklace, the gesture means what? He is passing on the ruler ship of Greatland to Wiglaf
Which is the best paraphrase for this passage:– Then the sword / Melted, blood-soaked, dripping down/ Like water, disappearing like ice when the worlds / Eternal Lord loosens invisible / Fetters and unwinds icicles and frost… Beowulfs bloody sword became liquid the way ice and frost do when God warms and melts them
What line from Beowulf contains an example of a caesura? “… burn like a torch. no one knows it’s bottom.. “
Why is it ironic that after his death the Geats build a tower to memorialize Beowulf? Most of the Geats had deserted him in battle
What phrase best paraphrases the underlined words in the quotation? … they could hack at Grendel/ From every side, trying ‘to open / a path for his evil soul’, but their points / could not hurt him. To kill him
When used to describe Beowulf, the phrase “noble protector of all seamen” is an example of what? Kenning
Why did Grendel live a painful life? 1. Of the race of Cain2. Angry/ bitter with people who had a party/celebration3. Born in slime, lives in a nasty, dark, and far away house
Give 4 or more evidences of pagan & Christian influences in Beowulf 1. Story of Cain2. Power to God3. Casting of spells; magic4. Notion of fate, something to happen 5. Notion/ idea of epic; pride; seeking glory

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