How Much Do You Know About Grendel?

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A short quiz to test your knowledge on the novel Grendel by John Gardener


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  • 1. 

    The number 12 is significant for all of the reasons except...

    • A.

      12 zodiac signs

    • B.

      12 months of the year

    • C.

      12 chapters

    • D.

      12 men arrive with Beowulf

    • E.

      12 years that Grendel attacks the meadhall

    Correct Answer
    D. 12 men arrive with Beowulf
    Explanation
    The number 12 is significant for all of the given reasons except "12 men arrive with Beowulf". This is because the other options are all examples of the number 12 being used in various contexts. The 12 zodiac signs represent different astrological personalities, the 12 months of the year divide the year into manageable periods, the 12 chapters could refer to a book or a specific text, and the statement "12 years that Grendel attacks the meadhall" suggests a recurring event happening over a span of 12 years. However, there is no indication or significance of "12 men arriving with Beowulf" in the given information.

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  • 2. 

    Why does Grendel think men are the most dangerous creatures?

    • A.

      They fight mechanically

    • B.

      They are unpredictable

    • C.

      They have weapons

    • D.

      They can communicate

    • E.

      They have a leader

    Correct Answer
    B. They are unpredictable
    Explanation
    Grendel thinks men are the most dangerous creatures because they are unpredictable. Unlike other creatures, men do not follow a set pattern or behavior. They can act in various ways and their actions cannot be easily anticipated. This unpredictability makes them a greater threat compared to other creatures.

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  • 3. 

    As a kid, Grendel stayed out until....

    • A.

      Dawn

    • B.

      He got scared

    • C.

      The firesnakes came

    • D.

      His mother called for him

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Dawn
    Explanation
    As a kid, Grendel stayed out until dawn. This implies that he would stay out all night until the sun started to rise.

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  • 4. 

    When Grendel gets stuck in the tree, the men think he is all of the following except...

    • A.

      A fungus

    • B.

      A spirit

    • C.

      A pig-eater

    • D.

      An animal

    Correct Answer
    D. An animal
    Explanation
    When Grendel gets stuck in the tree, the men think he is all of the following except a pig-eater, a fungus, or a spirit. However, they do not consider him to be an animal. This suggests that the men perceive Grendel as something otherworldly or supernatural, rather than a typical creature found in nature.

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  • 5. 

    What (specifically) dies when the Shaper dies?

    • A.

      Hope

    • B.

      History

    • C.

      Music

    • D.

      Poetry

    Correct Answer
    B. History
    Explanation
    When the Shaper dies, history dies. This suggests that the Shaper is the one who shapes and preserves history through storytelling and poetry. Without the Shaper, there is no one to pass down and preserve the stories and events of the past, leading to the loss of history.

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  • 6. 

    What charm does the dragon put on Grendel?

    • A.

      He makes him able to talk

    • B.

      He makes him immortal

    • C.

      He makes him unable to be hurt by weapons

    • D.

      He makes him a human

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. He makes him unable to be hurt by weapons
    Explanation
    The dragon puts a charm on Grendel that makes him unable to be hurt by weapons. This means that Grendel becomes invulnerable to any form of physical harm, making him a formidable opponent in battle. This charm gives Grendel an advantage and makes him a powerful force to be reckoned with.

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  • 7. 

    According to Grendel, why does Grendel lose the battle against Beowulf?

    • A.

      He slipped on apples

    • B.

      Beowulf killed his mother

    • C.

      Beowulf ripped his arm off

    • D.

      He slipped on blood

    Correct Answer
    D. He slipped on blood
    Explanation
    Grendel loses the battle against Beowulf because he slips on blood. This suggests that Grendel's physical weakness, caused by the slippery surface, hinders his ability to fight effectively. Slipping on blood not only causes Grendel to lose his balance but also gives Beowulf an advantage, allowing him to overpower Grendel and ultimately defeat him.

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  • 8. 

    Hygmod is king of the...

    • A.

      Helmings

    • B.

      Danes

    • C.

      Geats

    • D.

      Scyldings

    Correct Answer
    A. Helmings
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Helmings" because the question is asking about the kingdom ruled by Hygmod. Since there is no further context provided, we can assume that Hygmod is the king of the Helmings.

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  • 9. 

    In the meadhall, Wealtheow plays what role?

    • A.

      Leader

    • B.

      Entertainer

    • C.

      Cook

    • D.

      Peace-keeper

    • E.

      Lover

    Correct Answer
    D. Peace-keeper
    Explanation
    Wealtheow plays the role of a peace-keeper in the meadhall. This means that she is responsible for maintaining harmony and resolving conflicts among the people present in the meadhall. She ensures that everyone gets along and that disputes are settled peacefully.

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  • 10. 

    Why does Wealtheow not sleep?

    • A.

      She loves everyone

    • B.

      She has lived and now understands life

    • C.

      She misses her brother

    • D.

      She is afraid of Grendel

    • E.

      She doesn't like Hrothgar

    Correct Answer
    B. She has lived and now understands life
    Explanation
    Wealtheow does not sleep because she has lived and now understands life. This suggests that she has gained wisdom and insight through her experiences, which may prevent her from finding peace and rest in sleep. It implies that she is constantly thinking and reflecting on the complexities of life, making it difficult for her to find solace in sleep.

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  • 11. 

    When visited by Ork, who does Grendel pretend to be?

    • A.

      The devil

    • B.

      God

    • C.

      The Destroyer

    • D.

      Hrothgar

    • E.

      Another priest

    Correct Answer
    C. The Destroyer
    Explanation
    When visited by Ork, Grendel pretends to be The Destroyer. This implies that Grendel assumes a menacing and destructive persona, possibly to intimidate or assert dominance over Ork. By pretending to be The Destroyer, Grendel may be attempting to establish his power and instill fear in his visitor.

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