Saturday, September 13, 2008

Beowulf Part One Questions

Login into www.myhrw.com. Read pages 18-28 from the Elements of Literature test. Answer the following questions in complete and original sentences. Demonstrate your understanding of the text in each response. Be prepared to discuss the text in the class chats.

1. Lines 25 - 27. These lines foreshadow, or hint at, the outcome of the battle between Grendel and Beowulf.
Grendel has been attacking Herot successfully for years. What will be different about this visit to Herot?



2. Lines 44 - 56. Higlac's follower is Beowulf. He had earlier sworn to kill Grendel with his bare hands. What details in these lines demonstrate Beowulf's superhuman strength?


3. Lines 76 - 81. The Almighty's enemy God's enemy in line 76 refers to Grendel. Earlier in the epic, Grendels origin is explained: He is the offspring of one of the descendants of Cain, the son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother, Abel, and became the first murderer. Cain was eternally cursed by God and, according to legend, fathered all the evil beings that plague humankind: monsters, demons, and evil spirits. In what ways is this battle between Grendel and Beowulf really a battle between good and evil? What details in the description of the battle make this clear?

4. Lines 88 - 94.According to these lines, why cant Beowulfs men harm Grendel?

5. Lines 99 - 108. How does Beowulf defeat Grendel?

6. Lines 123 - 126. How does Beowulf prove his victory over Grendel? Why might he do this?


7. Lines 131 to 142. What has happened to Grendel?

8. Lines 172-178. What is Hrothgar asking Beowulf to do?

9. Lines 179-203. Describe how Beowulf comes to the lair of Grendel's mother. What details remind you that Beowulf is not an ordinary man?

10. Lines 216 to 241. What details in this description of the battle between Grendel's mother and Beowulf add to your suspense about the outcome? At what point do you think Beowulf may not be successful? What saves him?

11. Lines 242 to 254. How does Beowulf kill Grendel's mother?


12. Lines 257 to 274. What is Beowulf's final revenge against Grendel? What action of Beowulf's provides a resolution, or wrapping up, of the episode?

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