Beowulf Test Study Set

What does this line from Beowulf mean?”the monster’s thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws” He has intelligence
Grendel wouldn’t harm Hrothgar’s throne because It was protected by God
Hunting is Beowulf’s sword
Which of the following passages contains a reference to the pagan religion of the past? “And sometimes they sacrificed to the old stone gods,/ Made heathen vows, hoping for Hell’s/ Support”
When used to describe Beowulf, the phrase “noble protector of all seamen” in an example of a kenning
Anglo-Saxon word “Wyrd” means fate
Which of the following lines from Beowulf contains an example of a kenning? “‘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 of the following is not an element of the epic genre? Lighthearted tone
In Beowulf, Grendel’s arm hanging in the banquet hall of the Danes might be described as a kind of _____ for the Geats. Trophy
Wiglaf argues that he and his comrades should help Beowulf fight the dragon because In the past they had promised to repay Beowulf’s gifts and kindness with their lives.
Which phrase best restates the underlined words in this quotation from Beowulf?”He who had come to them from across the sea,/ Bold and strong-minded, had driven affliction/ Off, purged Herot clean” Had forced the monster from the hall.
Which is the best paraphrase for this passage from Beowulf?”Then the sword/ Melted, blood soaked, dripped down/ Like water, disappearing like ice when the world’s/ Eternal Lord loosens invisible/ Fetters and unwinds icicles and frost…” Beowulf’s bloody sword became liquid the way ice and frost do when God warms and melts them
The Romans first attempted to conquer the British Isles in 55 BCE
How does Beowulf die? He is mortally wounded by the dragon.
How does Grendel respond to the realization that Beowulf will challenge him? Fearfully
Which of the following allusions does the poet make in reference to Grendel? Biblical story of Cain
Herot Hall was closed by the Danes for 12 years
When Beowulf requests that he alone “May purge all evil from this hall,” what does he mean by purge? Cleanse and purify.
Why does Beowulf sail with his chosen companions to Hrothgar’s kingdom? To help Hrothgar by destroying a monster and to gain fame for themselves
Grendel’s mother kills Hrothgar’s best friend and Carries off Grendel’s arm
The Anglo-Saxon Period occurred during which years 449-1066
Which of the following does not reflect the oral tradition of the epic Beowulf? When the thanes feasted, the King gave the best portion of the meat to the bravest warrior
From which fact can the reader infer that the character Beowulf is honorable? Beowulf refuses to use weapons because Grendel uses none
For over 300 years, Great Britain was the province of The Roman Empire
The Anglo-Saxon Period was also known as The Dark Ages
The Roman occupation of Britain Ushered in a new era of scholarship and religion
Which phrase best paraphrases the underlined words in this quotation from Beowulf?”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
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
Beowulf says he won’t use weapons against Grendel because Grendel does not use weapons.
The fire dragon is awakened by an act of Greed
Why does Beowulf want Wiglaf to bring him the jewels from the fire dragon’s castle? He wants the comfort of seeing what he won.
When Hrothgar’s warriors fight Grendel, “No one/ Waited for reparation from his plundering claws.” In this context, the word reparation means: Mercy
The dragon’s treasure was buried with Beowulf
When do most scholars believe Beowulf was written? 11th century
Which of the following literary terms best describes the underlined words in the following quotation from Beowulf? “That mighty protector of men/ Meant to hold the monster ill its life/ Leaped out.” a kenning

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