English Exam

Hrothgar is the king of the _________? Danes
Beowulf was an __________ epic. Anglo-Saxon
Grendel ruled the Danes for ______ years. 12
Herot was __________. a mead hall
Beowulf defeated Grendel by __________. ripping off his arm.
Beowulf is an _________. pagan epic with Christian elements.
Grendel persecuted the Danes by _________. seizing the men as they slept.
Beowulf was chanted by a __________. scop.
The aim of Beowulf was to __________. entertain.
Beowulf was a __________. Geat.
Hrothgar was a __________. Dane.
Higlac was a __________. Geat.
Grendel was _________. neither Dane or Geat.
England was conquered in 1066 by __________. the Normans.
During the Anglo-Saxon period, England was invaded peacefully by ________. Christianity
Who wrote Beowulf? the Beowulf poets.
A “wergild” is… blood money.
The setting of Beowulf is what type of society? warrior society
Grendel lived on the grounds of Herot. True
Beowulf slayed Grendel with Beowulf’s sword False
Fate is a Christian element. False
A Christian element is that Grendel is a descendent of Cain. True
Beowulf was accompanied by 12 of the best Geats. False
Grendel had the strength of 30 men. False
Grendel could represent the evil side of human beings. True
The hand-to-hand combat increases the heroic character of the struggle. True
THe close repetition of consonant sounds is called assonance. False
A pause in the middle of a line of verse is called kenning. False
Deliberate exaggeration for emphasis is hyperbole. True
Anglo-Saxon poetry contains ______ strong beats in each line. 4
The language of Beowulf is….. Old English
A clever descriptive comparison such as whale-road for the sea, is called a…. kenning
“All of Beowulf’s band had jumped from their beds…” in this line which letter is alliterated? b
“But fate, that night, intended Grendel to gnaw the broken bones of his last human supper.” This line is an example of….. foreshadowing.
“For hours he sank through the waves…” This line is an example of… hyperbole
Unferth’s sword was named… Hrunting
Who was Hrothgar’s closest friend who was killed by Grendel’s mom? AEschere
The only thane who helped Beowulf fight the dragon? Wiglaf
Grendel was a descendant of…. Cain
The central issue of Beowulf is the: struggle between good and evil.
How can the reader tell that Beowulf is a legendary story? The hero is described as someone greater than all other men.
What characteristic typical of heroes in Anglo-Saxon epic poems applies to Beowulf? superhuman strength
Which Anglo-Saxon belief is revealed in the line ” ‘Fate will unwind as it must!’ “? Human life is shaped by destiny.
” ‘…I have come so far, / Oh shelterer of warriors. What is this an example of? Kenning
From which fact can the reader infer that Beowulf is honorable? Beowulf refuses to use weapons because Grendel uses none.
What does the line “the monster’s thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws” mean? He has intelligence.
At the end of the battle the poet attributes Grendel’s defeat to: God’s power.
Which of the following best summarizes the story of Beowulf? Valor will triumph.
When Beowulf tells the Geats he will cross the sea and destroy Grendel, the poet writes, “None of the wise ones regretted his going.” What inference can the reader draw from that remark? The Geats believed helping Hrothgar was an honorable duty.
In the years between his victory over Grendel’s mother and his battle with the dragon in Geatland, Beowulf loses some of his: strength.
Wiglaf thinks he and his comrades should help Beowulf fight the dragon because: in the past they had promised to repay Beowulf’s kindness with their lives.
When the dying Beowulf gives Wiglaf his gold necklace, the gesture means that: Beowulf is passing on the rulership of Geatland to Wiglaf.
When used to describe Beowulf, the phrase “noble protector of all seamen” is an example of: a kenning.
“…And struck at the dragon’s scaly hide.” This is an example of what? caesure
When the author of Beowulf describes death as a “journey into darkness,” he is expressing a: pagan attitude.
The line “So fame / Comes to men who wish to win it” could be said to reflect a Christian ideal because it implies that people: can love both fame and God.
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.
” ‘I mean to stand, not run from his shooting / FLames, stand till fate decides / Which of us wins.’ ” This expresses what? A pagan point of view toward life.
“…He who rules / Time and seasons, He who is truly / God.” This line best demonstrates the influence of what? Christian thought in Beowulf
Bede’s main purpose in writing A History of the English Church and People was to: provide a factual narrative of past events in Britain.
Considering the time in which he wrote, which source would probably have provided Bede with the most reliable information that Britain had “twenty-eight noble cities”? records from a monastic library.
From his phrase “all are united in their study of God’s truth,” what can be inferred about Bede’s attitude toward the English Church? He believed in its teachings.
Bede’s account suggests that Britain had: abundant natural resources.
Based upon the references in this selection, the reader can infer that the early Britons were unusually concerned about: snakes

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