English Unit 1: The Anglo-Saxon Period: 449 – 1066

Nobody understood her blithe response to her family’s misfortunes. happy
The jury watched the defendant’s face blanch as the charges were read. become pale
The locals believed the castle was a pirate’s lair, where treasure might be stored. hideout
lair c; hideout
scabbard e; sheath for a sword
hilt b; handle of a sword
complacent f; eager to please
covetous a; eager to obtain and possess
Grendel easily killed thirty warriors during his first attack because his victims were asleep
Which of these helps qualify Beowulf as an epic poem? It is written in a lofty, serious style.
Which of these Anglo-Saxon values is most in evidence when the Geats sit by the lake as Beowulf does battle with Grendel’s mother? loyalty
Which of these explains why Beowulf removes the head of the already-dead Grendel? It was an additional act of revenge.
Which of these describes Beowulf’s parting words as he leaves to battle the dragon? boastful
Who is the protagonist in “The Battle with the Dragon?” Beowulf
To whom does Beowulf give credit for the retrieval of treasure from the dragon’s tower? God
In “The Seafarer,” who or what is said to issue threats of illness, age, and an enemy’s sword? Fate
Which of these explains why the author of “The Wife’s Lament” is not allowed to pursue a different life? She is a woman.
Which of these is true of “The Seafarer,” “The Wanderer,” and “The Wife’s Lament?” All three describe the loneliness of exile.

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