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Beowulf Quiz

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Beowulf Quiz

  
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1.  Who first started to settle in Britain in ca. A.D. 400?
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2.  In which year is it thought that the British pagan religions had been totally replaced by Christianity? 
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3.  Which of the following is a Christian belief?
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4.  “Animism” was typical of ancient tribes. Which of these options best describes this trend of thought?
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5.  In medieval numerology, which number represented perfection?
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6.  In the Anglo-Saxon world, what was considered the worst kind of punishment?
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7.  What was the Anglo-Saxon ritual of gift-giving called?
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8.  Which of the following was considered a virtue and moral duty in Anglo-Saxon culture?
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9.  What does the “King and Comitatus” relationship state?
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10.  Which of these rituals were carried out by Anglo-Saxon warriors before they went into battle?
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11.  Anglo-Saxon epic poems were sung by which highly respected people?
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12.  The mnemonic function is linked to the oral tradition of Anglo-Saxon literature. What was it used for? 
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13.  During the Anglo-Saxon period, the ruling motive of every noble life was what?
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14.  In which of these centuries is Beowulf's plot set?
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15.  In which of these centuries is the oral version of the anonymous poem thought to be composed?
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16.  When did two Christian scribes write the Beowulf MS.?
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17.  Before being moved to the British Museum in 1753, the Beowulf MS. formed part of a collection of medieval manuscripts assembled by which English antiquarian? 
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18.  In which year was the Beowulf MS. badly damaged by a fire at Ashburnham House in Westminster? 
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19.  The Beowulf MS. is mainly written in which dialect?
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20.  How many verses is Beowulf composed of?
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21.  Which of these is not a defining feature of Beowulf’s couplet structure?
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22.  In the poem, each verse is divided into two sections, called hemistichs. Which literary device is used to create the pause in between the hemistichs? 
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23.  The terms “orcneas” and “ealuscerwen” appear only once in Beowulf. What are they examples of?
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24.  How would you describe the poem’s elegiac mood?
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25.  Which of these kennings is not used in Beowulf to refer to the sea?
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26.  Under which Old English poetic genre can Beowulf be classified?
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27.  Which of these literary devices particularly characterises the text?
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28.  Which of the following is not a major theme in Beowulf?
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29.  According to the poem, which elements construct a person’s identity?
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30.  From which Northern Germanic tribe does Beowulf originate? 
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31.  What is the name of the great mead hall described in Beowulf as “the foremost of halls under heaven”?
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32.  Hrothgar is the King of which tribe?
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33.  For how many years has Grendel been terrorising the Danes before Beowulf’s arrival?
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34.  Before the epic battle between Beowulf and Grendel in the great hall, which of these events takes place?
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35.  Grendel and his mother are described as the descendents of which biblical figure?
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36.  How does Beowulf kill Grendel?
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37.  After Grendel dies in the marshes, his mother decides to take revenge. Which warrior does she kill in the hall?
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38.  How does Unferth show Beowulf that he wishes to make amends with him?
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39.  The sword which Beowulf finds on a cabinet and uses to behead Grendel’s mother is made of which metal?
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40.  When Beowulf discovers Grendel’s corpse in the lair, what does he decide to do?
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41.  What does Hrothgar give Beowulf to show his appreciation for killing Grendel’s mother?
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42.  After his triumphant return to Geatland, Beowulf does what?
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43.  Following the successive deaths of both Hygelac and his son, Beowulf becomes the King of the Geats, ruling wisely for how many years? 
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44.  What does the slave-thief do to enrage the dragon before its fight with Beowulf?
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45.  Beowulf eventually manages to slay the dragon by stabbing which part of its body?
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46.  When Beowulf realises that the dragon's bite is venomous and he is dying, what does he ask of Wiglaf?
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47.  What does the gift of the golden torque symbolise in the poem?
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48.  Beowulf’s funeral barrow overlooks what?
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49.  After Beowulf’s death, what do the Geats fear?
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50.  Which two virtues need to find a balance in great rulers according to the text?
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