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Characters, Basic Facts, and Significant Quotes
Beowulf Reading Check #1: ANSWER KEY
Grendel Attacks the Danes, The Coming of Beowulf, and The Battle with Grendel
1. Who is Higlac?
Beowulf’s king, King of the Geats
2. Who is Hrothgar?
The King of the Danes
3. What has Grendel been doing to terrorize the Danes?
He has been attacking Danish soldiers sleeping in the mead hall at night.
4. What is a mead hall?
Like a pub/ a celebratory hall
5. True or False. Grendel is a descendant of Abel.
6. What does Unferth bring up about Beowulf’s past?
The time when he lost a swimming challenge with Brecca
7. True or False. Beowulf fights Grendel with his bare hands.
8. How does Beowulf kill Grendel?
He rips off his arm
9. What does Beowulf do with Grendel’s arm?
He hangs it in the rafters of the mead hall as a trophy.
10. How does Hrothgar reward Beowulf for defeating Grendel?
He throws a celebration in his honor and gives him armor and treasure.
Reading Check #2: ANSWER KEY
The Battle with Grendel’s Mother
1. How does Grendel’s mother seek revenge for her son’s death?
She kills one of Hrothgar’s closest friends.
2. True or False. Beowulf hesitates to answer Hrothgar’s challenge to kill Grendel’s mother.
3. Who says, “Let your sorrow end! It is better for us all/ To avenge our friends, not mourn them forever”?
4. Where is Grendel’s mother’s lair located?
Underneath a lake
5. True or False. Hrunting enables Beowulf’s victory over Grendel’s mother.
6. True or False. Beowulf’s armor protects him from being injured by Grendel’s mother.
7. How is Beowulf able to defeat Grendel’s mother?
He sees a giant’s sword on the wall and kills her with it.
8. What does Beowulf take back to Hrothgar as trophies? Name the two items.
Grendel’s head and the hilt of the giant’s sword
9. When Beowulf refers to Grendel’s mother as “she-devil,” he is using what Anglo-Saxon literary device?
10. Who says, “This prince/ Of the Geats, Beowulf, was born a better/ Man! Your fame is everywhere, my
friend,/ Reaches to the ends of the earth, and you hold it in your heart wisely,/ Patient with your strength
and our weakness”?
Beowulf Reading Check #3: ANSWER KEY
The Battle with the Dragon and The Funeral Pyre
1. Why does the dragon attack Beowulf’s kingdom?
A runaway slave steals a cup from his treasure-hoard.
2. True or False. Beowulf tells his soldiers that he will fight the dragon alone.
3. Who says, “I’ve never known fear; as a youth I fought/ In endless battles. I am old now,/ But I will fight
again, seek fame still,/ If the dragon hiding in his tower dares/ To face me”?
4. How does the dragon fatally wound Beowulf?
The dragon stabs Beowulf with its tusks.
5. True or False. Beowulf’s men come to his rescue and help him defeat the dragon.
6. What role does Wiglaf play in the battle with the dragon?
He comes to aid Beowulf in the fight and stabs the dragon, which enables Beowulf to kill it.
7. What does Beowulf wish his last sight to be before he dies?
The dragon’s treasure—the treasure he won when he defeated the dragon.
8. What does Beowulf request Wiglaf to build in his honor after he dies?
A tower/ monument/ tomb for everyone to see
9. True or False. Wiglaf becomes the next king of the Geats after Beowulf’s death.
10. Who says, “Too few of his warriors remembered/ To come, when our lord faced death, alone./ And now
the giving of swords, of golden/ Rings and rich estates, is over,/ Ended for you and everyone who shares/
Your blood: when the brave Geats hear/ How you bolted and ran none of your race/ Will have anything
left but their lives”?
Traits of an Epic Hero
Well hello there, friends! It's me, Ms. Davis, your friendly British Literature teacher who is into all things nerdy! Actually, I just love to learn, so don't be surprised when I expect the same from you. Literature is an avenue to multiple perspectives...that is to say that no matter the text we read in class, there will always be something you could learn that will interest you. You just have to be willing to look down that avenue and further explore the perspectives in which you have interest.