THE EPIC AND BEOWULF Flashcard Example #22033

What did scops help to preserve?

poetry
tradition
English
entertainment

tradition
Which was not a method used by scops to help them remember the stories?

alliteration
rhythms
phrases
kennings

kennings
Old English meter is based on half-line units consisting of a phrase having two stresses.

True
False

true
A caesura is a primary accent.

True
False

false
A kenning is a double metaphor, often hyphenated when written in Modern English.

True
False

true
In the oral tradition, each telling or singing of a story differed from the last.

True
False

true
The relationship that existed between the lord and his retainers was known as
comitatus
To the Anglo-Saxon fame meant _____.
a name that lived on after the death of the person.
The hero in an epic is _____.

perfect
badly flawed
an “ideal”
a servant

an “ideal”
How did the Anglo-Saxons regard life?

a gift to be treasured
a transitory occurrence
a curse to be despised

a transitory occurrence
Match the description to the date or term.

1. date of Beowulf manuscript

2. death of Hygelac

3. latest date for original writing of Beowulf

4. original form of Beowulf story

5. founded Danish royal line

6. ship burial site

7. Hrothgar’s kingdom

8. home of Geats and Beowulf

1. 1000

2. 521

3. 790-830

4. oral tradition

5. Scyld Scefing

6. Oseburg, Norway

7. Denmark

8. Sweden

Where was Beowulf when Grendel burst into the hall?
Pretending to be asleep.
Read lines 720 – 727. Select three phrases that best describe Grendel.
The evil warrior, deprived of joys, ?an ugly light
Which of the following is not an accurate description of Grendel?

crazed with evil anger
huge in his blood-lust
three rows of blood-thirsty teeth
an ugly light shone out from his eyes

three rows of blood-thirsty teeth
Which line numbers show Grendel’s first recognition that he was facing an extraordinary opponent?

720 to 727
740 to 746
750 to 754
770 to 780

750 to 754
What lines explain why swords were useless against Grendel?

745 to 752
767 to 774
798 to 805
810 to 817

798 to 805
In lines 815-818, what final blow did Beowulf give to Grendel?
a gaping tear opened in his shoulder; tendons popped, muscle slipped the bone.
What kenning is used in the description of Grendel’s end?

slipped
death-sick
wound

death-sick
Heorot is _____.

the king of the Danes
Hrothgar’s hall
Beowulf’s uncle

Hrothgar’s hall
1. Hrothgar’s queen

2. Hrothgar’s hall

3. carried off a chieftain

4. king of the Geats

5. king of the Danes

1. Wealhtheow

2. Heorot

3. Grendel’s mother

4. Hygelac

5. Hrothgar

Is the death of Grendel the end of Hrothgar’s problem?
no
Who tries to avenge Grendel’s death?

his mother
Beowulf
no one

his mother
Beowulf pursues Grendel’s mother to her lair which is a _____.

cave
forest
mere

mere
What does Hrothgar caution Beowulf against?

jealousy
hatred
pride

pride
To whom does Beowulf give the treasures he has earned?

Hrothgar
Hygelac
Heorot

Hygelac
Beowulf gives thanks to God after slaying the dragon, because he has gained ______ for the sake of his people.
wealth
What are the last words of Beowulf?
“Thou art end and remnant of all our race
the Waegmunding name. For Wyrd hath swept them,
all my line, to the land of doom,
earls in their glory: I after them go.”
Which heroic quality was Beowulf not eulogized as having?

eagerness
bravery
kindness
courtesy

bravery

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