Pennsauken High School Senior English

Current Poll

Beowulf Questions

Beowulf Questions

I. Grendel Attacks the Danes - p. 48-51

1. What is learned about the monster, the Danes and their conflict when
    lines 1-2 and 3-13 are contrasted?

2. Provide examples of alliteration in lines 1-45.

3. What is the point of the alliteration?

4. In lines 1-29 how are Hrothgar’s men described? How is Grendel
    described? What is the point of the descriptions and their contrast?

5. Identify the simile in line 35. Why is the simile used?


II. The Coming of Beowulf - p. 51-55

6. Why does Beowulf decide to help Hrothgar?

7. Why does the writer have the sentry ask Beowulf who he is in lines
    147-196?

8. Identify the Anglo-Saxon values and beliefs expressed in Beowulf in
    lines 253-268.

9. The Anglo-Saxon word for fate was “Wyrd”. In lines 265-268 if the
    word fate was replaced with the Anglo-Saxon word “Wyrd”, what
    literary device emerges?

10. There are several hero elements Beowulf displays in this section of
    the epic. Identify an example of each with a quote and line number.

I. A hero is someone who values something that is more 
    important than his or her life 

II. The hero must change from one stage of life, find what
    is to them in their life, and move on to a more mature
    stage of life

IV. There has to be a moral objective to the adventure

VI. The hero chooses the adventure

VII. The hero walks the dangerous path

VIII. The Hero does not choose to be a celebrity

XI. The hero must live in his time, but not be controlled by
    outside forces

XI. The hero must succeed alone

XI. The hero follows his bliss and does what fulfills him

III. The Battle with Grendel - p. 56-79

11. Identify two oxymorons in lines 306-309. Why are Oxymorons used?

12. Identify metaphors used in lines 300-304. Why are Metaphors used?

13. There are two hero elements Beowulf displays in this section of
        the epic. 
Identify examples of each of the elements listed below
        with a quote and line number.
III. The hero’s adventure involves trials, tests and ordeals

IX. The hero goes through initiation rituals

IV. The Battle with Grendel’s Mother - p. 60-63

14. Identify one example of the Anglo-Saxon beliefs in fate and
        bravery that Beowulf exhibits in this section of the epic
        using quotes and line numbers.

15. What is the symbolic meaning of Beowulf’s sword melting?

16. There are several hero elements Beowulf displays in this section
        of the epic.   Identify an example of each with a quote and
        line number.

I. The hero completes physical and spiritual achievements

V. The goal of the hero is enlightenment

VII. The hero walks the dangerous path

X. The hero achieves enlightenment; the hero finds the source
    of their life

XI. The hero must live in his time, but not be controlled by
    outside forces

V. The Battle with the dragon - p.64-76

17. Identify one example of the Anglo-Saxon beliefs in fate and bravery that 
    Beowulf exhibits in this section of the epic using quotes and line numbers.

18. What do you think Grendel, Grendel’s Mother and the Dragon symbolize?

19. What is the symbolic meaning of Beowulf’s sword breaking?

20. Why do you think the Geats’ community is destroyed?

21. There are several hero elements Beowulf displays in this section
        of the epic.  Identify an example of each with a quote and line
        number.

I. The hero completes physical and spiritual achievements

II. The hero must change from one stage of life, find what
    is important to them in their life, and move on to a more
    mature stage of life

III. The ultimate trial of the hero is to lose oneself

IV. The hero has a moral objective

V. The goal of the hero is enlightenment

VI. The hero chooses the adventure

VII. The hero walks the dangerous path

VIII. The Hero does not choose to be a celebrity

X. The hero achieves enlightenment; the hero finds the source
    of their life

XI. The hero must live in his time, but not be controlled by
    outside forces

XI. The hero must succeed alone
Č
ĉ
Henry Patterson,
Nov 6, 2011, 4:40 PM
ĉ
Henry Patterson,
Nov 7, 2011, 2:57 PM