Beowulf Quiz Writing Homework Help

1. Which passages develops Beowulf as an Epic Warrior?

a. He slipped through the door and there in the silence / Snatched up thirty men, smashed them / Unknowing in their beds, and ran out with their bodies, / The blood dripping behind him

b. The bravest and best of the Geats, fourteen / In all, and led them down to their boat; / He knew the sea, would point the prow / Straight to that distant Danish shore. . . .

c. So Grendel ruled, fought with the righteous, / One against many, and won; so Herot / Stood empty, and stayed deserted for years

d. So the living sorrow of Healfdane’s son / Simmered, bitter and fresh, and no wisdom / Or strength could break it:

2. Which of these passages uses language to indicate sequence?

a. None / Of the wise ones regretted his going, much /  As he was loved by the Geats

b. “I have heard, / Too, that the monster’s scorn of men / Is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none. / Nor will I.”

c. Then, when darkness had dropped, Grendel / Went up to Herot, wondering what the warriors / Would do in that hall when their drinking was done.

d. Distance was safety; the only survivors / Were those who fled him. Hate had triumphed.

3. Which of these passages from Beowulf introduces one of the story’s main conflicts?

a. No truce, accepting no settlement, no price /  In gold or land, and paying the living /    For one crime only with another.

b. The best and most noble / Of his council debated remedies, sat /  In secret sessions, talking of terror / And wondering what the bravest of warriors could do.

c. So the living sorrow of Healfdane’s son / Simmered, bitter and fresh, and no wisdom /    Or strength could break it

d. . . . A powerful monster, living down / In the darkness, growled in pain, impatient / As day after day the music rang / Loud in that hall

4. Which of the following sentences demonstrates the literary present tense?

a. Beowulf creates expectations for himself continuously throughout the poem, boasting to raise his honor and name.

b. The Anglo-Saxons invaded and settled the territory that would later become known as England.

c. Although his death will disadvantage the Geats, he died with honor and a legacy of a great King and a true Hero.

d. With the dragon slain and Beowulf into the last minutes of his life, he asked to see the treasure recovered from the dragon’s lair


5. Which of these words is a discipline-specific vocabulary word discussed in this lesson?

a. Describe

b. Categorize

c. Conflict

d. Infer

e. Justify

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