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English 12A
Unit I: Part Two
“Focus on Literary Forms: The Epic”

from Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel

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Word List (p. 38) loathsome massive purge reparation solace writhing
A. DIRECTIONS: For each underlined word, substitute a word or phrase with the same meaning. Write it in the blank following the sentence.
1. Only a hero of Beowulf’s strength could hope to lift the massive sword in Grendel’s battle hall.
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2. The third monster, most loathsome of all, had eight eyes on stalks and was covered with lime.
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3. Most epic heroes strive to purge the world of wicked beings.
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4. Snakes can move rapidly with their writhing form of locomotion.
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5. The badly defeated warrior found solace in the affection of his family.
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6. The captured bandits were ordered to give gold to their victims as reparation.
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B. WORD STUDY: The root -sol- comes from the Latin solari, meaning “to comfort.” Explain how the root -sol- influences the meaning of the underlined word in each sentence. (p. 66)
1. Before Beowulf arrived, Hrothgar and his Danes were disconsolate over the deeds of Grendel.
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2. He consoled his little daughter for the loss of her goldfish by promising to buy her a new one.

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