Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Literature: Beowulf

Read Micah’s inference about Beowulf.Beowulf does not fear death.Read the passage from Beowulf.If Grendel wins, it will be a gruesome day;he will glut himself on the Geats in the war-hall,swoop without fear on that flower of manhoodas on others before. Then my face won’t be thereto be covered in death: he will carry me awayas he goes to ground, gorged and bloodied;he will run gloating with my raw corpseand feed on it alone, in a cruel frenzy,fouling his moor-nest. No need thento lament for long or lay out my body: if the battle takes me, send backthis breast-webbing that Weland fashioned and Hrethel gave me, to Lord Hygelac.Fate goes ever as fate must.”Which sentence or phrase from the passage most likely helped Micah make his inference? Fate goes ever as fate must.
Read the passage from Beowulf.The hero arose, surrounded closelyby his powerful thanes. A party remainedunder orders to keep watch on the arms;the rest proceeded, led by their princeunder Heorot’s roof.And standing on the hearthin webbed links that the smith had woven,the fine-forged mesh of his gleaming mail-shirt,resolute in his helmet, Beowulf spoke:Which word from the passage is a feature of Anglo-Saxon culture? thanes
Read the passage from Beowulf.Then it was like old times in the echoing hall,proud talk and the people happy,loud and excited; until soon enoughHalfdane’s heir had to be awayto his night’s rest. He realizedthat the demon was going to descend on the hall,that he had plotted all day, from dawn-lightuntil darkness gathered again over the worldand stealthy night-shapes came stealing forthunder the cloud-murk.The passage features Anglo-Saxon culture because people are feasting
Read the passage from Beowulf.From where he crouched at the king’s feet,Unferth, a son of Ecglaf’s, spokecontrary words. Beowulf’s coming,his sea-braving, made him sick with envy:he could not brook or abide the factthat anyone else alive under heavenmight enjoy greater regard than he did:The passage supports the inference that Unferth is petty
When a student studies the way the English language has evolved, the student is studying English’s development
Which excerpt from the modern translation of Beowulf most strongly reflects the half-line style of Old English poetry? will go and ask himabout your coming here, then hurry back
Old English developed from (blank) tribe germanic
Read the passage from Beowulf.Wealhtheow came in,Hrothgar’s queen, observing the courtesies.Adorned in her gold, she graciously salutedthe men in hall, then handed the cupfirst to Hrothgar, their homeland’s guardian,urging him to drink deep and enjoy itbecause he was dear to them. And he drank it downlike the warlord he was, with festive cheer.So the Helming woman went on her rounds, queenly and dignified, decked out in rings,offering the goblet to all ranks,treating the household and the assembled troopuntil it was Beowulf’s turn to take it from her hand.With measured words she welcomed the Geatand thanked God for granting her wishthat a deliverer she could believe in would arriveto ease their afflictions.Which inference is most supported by the passage? Wealhtheow has not been impressed by the men who have fought Grendel up to this point.
(blank) refers to a conclusion based on evidence in the text. inference
Read the passage from Beowulf.Beowulf, Ecgtheow’s son, replied:”Well, friend Unferth, you have had your sayabout Breca and me. But it was mostly beerthat was doing the talking. The truth is this:when the going was heavy in those high waves,I was the strongest swimmer of all.We’d been children together and we grew updaring ourselves to outdo each other,boasting and urging each other to riskour lives on the sea.Now read Luka’s inference.Even though he’s a warrior, Beowulf often uses diplomacy instead of rushing to anger and aggression.Which sentence from the passage best supports his inference? NOT The truth is this: when the going was heavy in those high waves, I was the strongest swimmer of all.

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