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British Literature
“Beowulf” Unit Exam

Multiple Choice: Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

____1. Which of the following does not reflect the oral tradition of the epic Beowulf ?

|a. |Before it was written down, the story of Beowulf was preserved for generations by word of mouth. | |b. |Beowulf reflects the cultural tradition of telling stories in the mead-halls. | |c. |When the thanes feasted, the King gave the best portion of meat to the bravest warrior. | |d. |Scops memorized and recited the poetic verses of Beowulf as a form of entertainment. |

____2. In Beowulf, why does Beowulf sail with his chosen companions to Hrothgar’s kingdom?

|a. |to bring home treasures from that rich kingdom | |b. |to help Hrothgar by destroying a monster and to gain fame for themselves | |c. |to win glory by slaying a fire-breathing dragon | |d. |to take over Higlac’s throne |

____3.Which of the following lines from Beowulf contains an example of kenning?

|a. |“ ‘Higlac is my cousin and my king; the days / Of my youth have been filled with glory.’ ” | |b. |“Their guide reined in his horse, pointing / To that hall, built by Hrothgar for the best / And bravest of his men . . | | |.” | |c. |“The high hall rang, its roof boards swayed, / And Danes shook with terror.” | |d. |“ ‘. . . I have come so far, / Oh shelterer of warriors and your people’s loved friend, / That this one favor you should| | |not refuse me . . . ’ ” |

____4.From which fact can the reader infer that the character Beowulf is honorable?

|a. |Beowulf refuses to use weapons because Grendel uses none. | |b. |Higlac is Beowulf’s cousin. | |c. |Beowulf is the strongest of the Geats. | |d. |Beowulf vows to ambush Grendel and destroy the monster. |

____5.What does this line from Beowulf mean?
“the monster’s thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws”

|a. |He is hungry. |c. |He has sharp claws. | |b. |He has intelligence. |d. |He is not trustworthy. |

____6.In Beowulf, Wiglaf thinks he and his comrades should help Beowulf fight the dragon because |a. |Beowulf is too old and sick to fight. | |b. |it will increase Beowulf’s chance of victory. | |c. |then Beowulf’s comrades can claim the monster’s treasure. | |d. |in the past they had promised to repay Beowulf’s kindness with their lives. |

____7. In Beowulf when the dying Beowulf gives Wiglaf his gold necklace, the gesture means that |a. |Beowulf...
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