Honors English 12 Beowulf Midterm Questions

In your own words, give a full description of the Grendel and his attack on Herot, The creature of evil, grim and fierce, was quickly ready, savage and cruel, and seized from their rest thirty thanes. Grendel seizes thirty warriors and carries them to his den to kill and eat them
Why can’t Grendel attack Hrothgar’s throne? The throne is protected by God
What hints are given that the pagan story of Beowulf was written down by a Christian author? He mentions things like sacrificed to the stone God, creatures punished by God, and throne protected by God.
Beowulf is boastful concerning his exploits as a fighter. Describe his battles. He doesn’t use weapons and swims in the blackness of night.
Summarize the argument between Unferth and Beowulf. Beowulf once lost a swimming match against Breca and that Beowulf will meet with defeat for a second time when he faces Grendel in the mead-hall. Beowulf accuses Unferth of drunkenness and describes his own version of what happened in the swimming match.
What further exploits does Beowulf add to his list of victories with Unferth? What claims does each man make about the other? slaying a monster and eight other sea beasts. Beowulf noted that Unferth couldn’t survive what the adventure he survived and Unferth said that Beowulf would meet defeat a second time after loosing the swimming match with Breca.
What does the behavior of Welthow reveal about the role of women in Anglo-Saxon culture? A good hostess, respected, approve of men’s boasts
Describe the Grendel’s attack and how Beowulf defeats him He came from the swamp and attacks the Geats, Beowulf cut ff his arm and Grendel escaped to the swamp but died because of the wound. Beowulf hangs the arm over rafters for trophy.
Why do “crowds” of people travel to see Herot after Beowulf’s battle with Grendel? What does this scene reveal about the values of Anglo-Saxon culture? They admire victories and courage. To see Grendel’s tracks. They value story telling also.
Describe the lair of Grendel and Beowulf’s battle with the monster’s mother? Deep in a supernatural lake at the muddy bottomless pit. Stags fall and disappear forever. She clutches him but can’t kill him because his woven chain mail protects him. He finds the magical sword and cuts her head off.
Describe Beowulf’s speech to his men and his final battle with the dragon. He tells them that he will fight alone and for them to stay back
Summmarize the Wiglaf’s speech to Beowulf’s mean and Beowulf’s final words. Final words: Die with brave men and he will go to heavan and he gave colar of gold to Wilgalf. Wigalf says that they are failing to return the favor of heroism that Beowulf showed them and talks about how he admires Beowulf
Kennings muddy bottom razor sharp ring giver fair maiden gold shinning

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