Beowulf Part 1: Summary & Analysis


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In Beowulf, what does Grendel do to the thanes in Denmark?

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1. In Beowulf, why does Unferth believe Beowulf cannot defeat Grendel?

2. Why does Grendel attack the mead hall in Beowulf?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In using this interactive quiz and printable worksheet, you can familiarize yourself with some of the details and characters that play a part in Beowulf. They can also serve to enhance your understanding of some of the actions depicted and the motivations for them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on your knowledge of the following:

  • Hrothgar's ability as a king
  • Grendel's behavior in Denmark
  • Beowulf's answer to Unferth and Hrothgar's reaction
  • Grendel's motivation for attacking the mead hall
  • Reasoning behind Unferth's doubt of Beowulf

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz give you the chance to practice the following skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the first part of Beowulf
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Beowulf, Hrothgar, Unferth and Grendel in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the first part of Beowulf and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characters as well as their actions and motives in the first part of Beowulf

Additional Learning

To learn more about the details of Part One of Beowulf, read the accompanying lesson entitled Beowulf Part 1: Summary & Analysis. The lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Sketch the major characters in the first part of Beowulf
  • Define Herot and its purpose
  • Explain Grendel's lineage and why he is so miserable
  • Discuss the Heroic Code and some of the traits characterized by a hero such as Beowulf
  • Comment on what Beowulf's victory over Grendel signifies