Beowulf, B Flashcard Example #52566

How can the reader tell that Beowulf is a legendary story?
The hero is described as someone greater than all other men.
Why does Beowulf sail with his chosen companions to Hrothgar’s kingdom?
To help Hrothgar by destroying a monster.
This line from Beowulf contains a kenning:
“‘…I have come so far, / Oh shelterer of warriors and your people’s loved friend, / That this one favor you should not refuse me…'”
From which fact can the reader infer that Beowulf is honorable?
Beowulf refuses weapons because Grendel uses none.
This line: “the monster’s thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws” means…
He has intelligence.
Which of the following best summarizes the theme of Beowulf?
Valor will triumph.
The best paraphrase for the following passage: So the living sorrow of Healfdane’s son / Simmered, bitter and fresh, and no wisdom / Or strength could break it: that agony hung / On king and people alike…
Hrothgar felt a strong and unending sorrow that he had no power to overcome. It affected both him and his subjects.
Wiglaf thinks he and his comrades should help Beowulf fight the dragon because…
In the past they had promised to repay Beowulf’s kindness with their lives
When the dying Beowulf gives Wiglaf his gold necklace, the gesture means that…
Beowulf is passing on the rulership of Geatland to Wiglaf.
The following line from Beowulf contains a caesura…
“…Burns like a torch. No one knows it’s bottom…”
Why is it ironic that after his death the Geats build a tower to memorialize Beowulf?
Most of the Geats had deserted him in battle.
The best paraphrase for the following passage: …they could hack at Grendel / From every side, trying to open / A path for his evil soul, but their points / could not hurt him.
To kill him.
When used to describe Beowulf, the phrase “noble protector of all seamen” is an example of…
A kenning.
When Beowulf requests that he alone “May purge all evil from this hall,” what does he mean by purge?
Cleanse.
The following passage contains an appositive phrase:
“…sailors / Have brought us stories of Herot, the best / Of all mead-halls, deserted and useless…”
Which words from the following passage forms an appositive phrase? …A deer, / Hunted through the woods by packs of hounds, / A stag with great horns, though driven through the forest / From faraway places, prefers to die / On those shores,…
“A stag with great horns”
The following word best fits the image of the dragon presented in this quotation: …The dragon / Coiled and uncoiled, its heart urging it / Into battle…
Writhing.

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