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Beowulf

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Who survives Grendel's attacks? Those who leave Herot.
What motivates Beowulf to go to Herot? Looking for Fame/Glory
What does Grendel do when he realizes Beowulf's strength? He tries to flee.
Why does Beowulf slay Grendel? Save Hrothgar and the Danes
Why does Unferth challenge Beowulf? He envies Beowulf's fame and courage.
What speech does Wiglaf make? It's about virtue and glory.
What last thoughts does Beowulf express as he is dying? A desire for respect and pride in his ability to protect his people.
What even is the most important in Beowulf's career as leader of the Geats? The attack of the dragon
Why did Beowulf go the aid of the Danes? A sense of duty.
How can Beowulf best be characterized? Heroic
Grendel is related to what murderous Biblical figure? Cain
In addition to bravery, what Anglo-Saxon virtue is Beowulf praised for? Fairness
What makes Beowulf such an important literary work? It is the first great work of a national literature.
Which of Beowulf's relatives did Hrothgar know? Higlac, Beowulf's father
How does Beowulf kill Grendel? Twisted off his arms
How do the Danes celebrate Beowulf before his battle with Grendel They throw a banquet in his honor.
How is Beowulf an epic hero? He embodies the ideals of Anglo-Saxon society.
What shows that Beowulf has the ethics of an epic hero? Beowulf chastises Unferth for killing his own kin.
What is an example of an alliteration? "The ancient blade broke, bit..., drew blood."
What is an example of a kenning? "Ring-giver"
What does "The monster's/Thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws..." mean? The monster thinks very quickly.
How do you know that Beowulf is an honorable man? He refuses to use a sword to fight Grendel because Grendel has none.
What weapon does Beowulf use to kill Grendel? His hands
To what does the poet give credit for Beowulf's victory over Grendel's mother? God's judgment
What is the theme of Beowulf? Good always triumphs in the end.
Why does Wiglaf tell his comrades they should help Beowulf fight the dragon? They had promised to help Beowulf when he needed them.
What does it mean when Beowulf gives Wiglaf his gold necklace? Beowulf is making Wiglaf ruler of Geatland.
How do you know that Beowulf is an epic poem? It is a log poem that tells a story about a legendary hero.
Why does Beowulf want a tower built for him? To serve as a landmark for sailors from afar.
When used to describe Beowulf, the phrase "noble protector of all seamen" is an Kenning
Why is it ironic that after his death the Geats build a tower to memoralize Beowulf? Most of the Geats had deserted him in battle.
Created by: jessupd