Beowulf Part 1 Test

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Test covers Beowulf through line 1650, the literary terms associated with the poem, archetypes, argumentative writing, and "Into the Wild" excerpts and articles.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to experts, it is most likely that "Beowulf" was first written down by...
    • A. 

      A viking monk.

    • B. 

      An Irish monk

    • C. 

      An English monk

    • D. 

      Barry

  • 2. 
    Beowulf was originally written in...
    • A. 

      Ancient English

    • B. 

      Old English

    • C. 

      Early Middle English

    • D. 

      Early Modern English

  • 3. 
    The pause used in the poetic oral tradition to create unity and dramatic effect is called...
    • A. 

      Onomatopoeia

    • B. 

      Kenning

    • C. 

      Caesura

    • D. 

      Alliteration

  • 4. 
    Which poetic device is being used in the following example: "Kevin's constant clamoring."
    • A. 

      Alliteration

    • B. 

      Caesura

    • C. 

      Kenning

    • D. 

      Onomatopoeia

  • 5. 
    Using "whale road" instead of "ocean" or "bone house" instead of "body" are examples of...
    • A. 

      Alliteration

    • B. 

      Caesura

    • C. 

      Kenning

    • D. 

      Onomatopoeia

  • 6. 
    A quest story on a grand scale is called an________________________.
  • 7. 
    "Beowulf" is significant, in part, because it is the earliest known piece of English literature.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    What is the name of the grand hall of the Danes?
    • A. 

      Herod

    • B. 

      Heorot

    • C. 

      Hrothgar

    • D. 

      Heotaf

  • 9. 
    A bard is...
    • A. 

      A viking warrior

    • B. 

      A poet from the oral tradition

    • C. 

      A monk who wrote down poems from the oral tradition

    • D. 

      A special weapon

  • 10. 
    Approximately when was "Beowulf" written down?
    • A. 

      500-550 AD

    • B. 

      600-650 AD

    • C. 

      700-750 AD

    • D. 

      800-850 AD

  • 11. 
    When Beowulf first arrives in the kingdom, they sit in the mead-hall for a while,then the Danes retire to safer sleeping quarters, Beowulf and the Geats bed down in Heorot, fully aware that Grendel will visit them. He does.  What does he do?
    • A. 

      The ogre furiously bursts in on the Geats, killing one and then reaching for Beowulf.

    • B. 

      Kills the king and Beowulf.

    • C. 

      Retreats in terror.

    • D. 

      Brings in his mother to finish off the Danes.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following was considered a virtue and moral duty in Anglo-Saxon culture?
    • A. 

      Forgiveness

    • B. 

      Compassion for one’s enemy

    • C. 

      Revenge

    • D. 

      Removing of belongings before burial

  • 13. 
    Which of these rituals were carried out by Anglo-Saxon warriors before they went into battle?
    • A. 

      Praying

    • B. 

      Meditating

    • C. 

      Boasting

    • D. 

      Dancing

  • 14. 
    During the Anglo-Saxon period, the ruling motive of every noble life was what?
    • A. 

      Love of glory

    • B. 

      Family honour

    • C. 

      Wealth and material possessions

    • D. 

      Love of nature

  • 15. 
    Under which Old English poetic genre can Beowulf be classified?
    • A. 

      Short elegy with lyrical tone

    • B. 

      Riddle

    • C. 

      Epic poem

    • D. 

      Gnomic verse

  • 16. 
    According to the poem, which elements construct a person’s identity?
    • A. 

      Deeds and courage

    • B. 

      Friendship

    • C. 

      Lineage

    • D. 

      A) and c) are correct

  • 17. 
    From which Northern Germanic tribe does Beowulf originate? 
    • A. 

      The Danes

    • B. 

      The Angles

    • C. 

      The Jutes

    • D. 

      The Geats

  • 18. 
    Hrothgar is the King of which tribe?
    • A. 

      The Geats

    • B. 

      The Danes

    • C. 

      The Frisians

    • D. 

      The Britons

  • 19. 
    For how many years has Grendel been terrorising the Danes before Beowulf’s arrival?
    • A. 

      5 years

    • B. 

      7 years

    • C. 

      12 years

    • D. 

      45 years

  • 20. 
    Before the epic battle between Beowulf and Grendel in the great hall, which of these events takes place?
    • A. 

      Grendel falls asleep

    • B. 

      Beowulf sharpens his sword

    • C. 

      Grendel kills one of Beowulf’s men

    • D. 

      Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother

  • 21. 
    Grendel and his mother are described as the descendents of which biblical figure?
    • A. 

      Abel

    • B. 

      Cain

    • C. 

      Judas

    • D. 

      Moses

  • 22. 
    How does Beowulf kill Grendel?
    • A. 

      With a sword

    • B. 

      By pulling off his arm

    • C. 

      With a bow and arrow

    • D. 

      By decapitation

  • 23. 
    When Beowulf discovers Grendel’s corpse in the lair, what does he decide to do?
    • A. 

      Cut off a lock of his hair to take to Geatland

    • B. 

      Bury him under an Elm tree in Heorot

    • C. 

      Wrap him in cloth and throw him in the lake

    • D. 

      Sever his head to take to Heorot

  • 24. 
    What does Hrothgar give Beowulf to show his appreciation for killing Grendel’s mother?
    • A. 

      He gives his daughter’s hand in marriage

    • B. 

      He gives him the keys to his castle

    • C. 

      He gives him the sword “Nægling”

    • D. 

      He gives him a hug

  • 25. 
    Describe the fight between Grendel's mother and Beowulf. BE SPECIFIC!
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