Beowulf Unit Exam

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 meat to the bravest warrior

In Beowulf, 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

What is a “mead hall”?
social hall, center of royal festivities for drinking, eating, entertainment. The Danish mead hall is called Heorot. Mead is a drink, like beer or ale, but made from honey.

Which of the following lines from Beowulf contains a example of Kenning?
“….I have come far,/Oh shelterer of warriors and your people’s loved friend,/That this one favor you should not refuse me….”

From which fact can the reader infer that the character Beowulf is honorable?
Beowulf refuses to use weapons because Grendal uses none.

What is a “caesuras”?
rhythmic breaks, usually with four strong beats reciter could pause for breath

What does this line from Beowulf mean?
“the monster’s thoughts were as quick as his greed or claws”
He has intelligence

In Beowulf, Wiglaf thinks he and his comrades should help Beowulf fight the dragon because…….


……in the past that had promised to repay Beowulf’s kindness with their lives.

In Beowulf when the dying Beowulf gives Wiglaf his gold necklace, the gesture means that ……..?
Beowulf is passing on the rulership to Geatland to Wiglaf

Which of the following lines from Beowulf contains an example of a caesura?
…..Burns like a torch. No one knows its bottom….

Which is the best paraphrase for this passage from Beowulf?
—Then the sword/Melted, blood-soaked, dripping 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

Which phrases best paraphrases the underlines words in this quotation from the Beowulf?
—-they could hack at Grendal/ From every side, trying to open/ A path for his evil soul, but their points/Could not hurt him…

to open a path for his evil soul?

To kill him

When used to describe Beowulf, the phrase “noble protector of all seamen” is an example of…?
A kenning

In the Beowulf, Grendal’s arm hanging in the banquet hall of the Danes might be described as ____ for the evil had done.?

When Beowulf requests that he alone “May purge all evil from this hall,” what does he mean by purge?
cleanse and purify

Which of the following passage 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,…..”

Which of these words best fits the image of the dragon presented in this quotation from Beowulf?
—“The dragon/ Coiled and uncoiled, its heart urging it/Into battle…”?

When Hrothgar’s warriors fight Grendal,”No one / waited for reparation from his plundering claws”(lines 72-73). In this context, the word reparation means:
wergild or compensation for an injustice

Which phrases best restates the underlined words in the quotation from Beowulf?
—“He who had come to them across the sea, / Bold and strong-minded, had driven affliction / Off, purged Herot clean(lines 399-401)?
had rid the land of pain and suffering

Which of the following is not an element of the epic genre?
lighthearted tone

Which of the following allusions does the poet make in reference to Grendal?
Biblical story of Cain

Grendal caused problems for the Danes for ?
12 years

Grendal couldn’t harm Hrothgar’s throne because?
it was protected by God

Beowulf’s bragging of his heroic feats to the watchman is an example of
the elevated language of epic poetry

The dragon’s treasure was ?
buried with Beowulf

How does Beowulf die?
he is defeated by the dragon

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