Beowulf Hero Quotes: Examples & Analysis


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What are two things that are needed to prove your heroic identity in the society of Beowulf?

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1. Why does Beowulf introduce himself as the son of Ecgtheow in Beowulf?

2. Which of the following quotes describes Beowulf in Beowulf?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The whole idea of the hero was huge in Anglo-Saxon culture. On this quiz and worksheet, you will answer test questions on what a hero must have, why Beowulf introduces himself as Ecgtheow's son, and how the poet describes Beowulf.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz tests for:

  • Why the king gives precious gifts to his warriors
  • What two things a hero needs to prove his heroism
  • Which quote best describes Beowulf

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Beowulf to explain why he invokes his father's name when he introduces himself to Hrothgar
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about why kings bestowed treasures on their fighting men
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the identity of the warrior who proved his loyalty to Beowulf during the battle with the dragon

Additional Learning

For additional information, study the lesson titled Beowulf Hero Quotes: Examples & Analysis. Upon completion, you should be able to:

  • Describe Hrothgar's gifts to Beowulf after Grendel's defeat
  • Explain the concept of heroism in Anglo-Saxon culture
  • Discuss the poet's description of Hrothgar