Beowulf Pride Quotes: Examples & Analysis


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In Beowulf, how does Beowulf put a stop to Unferth's claims about his swimming abilities?

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1. In Beowulf, why does Beowulf want to take on Grendel without using his sword?

2. In Beowulf, after Beowulf has defeated Grendel's mother, what does Hrothgar warn Beowulf about?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A hero is expected to be proud, and this is certainly true of Beowulf. On this worksheet and quiz, you will be tested on some of the things he says that reflect his pride in himself, his courage and his prowess in battle.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions include:

  • What Hrothgar says as a caution to Beowulf
  • Why Beowulf intends to fight Grendel bare-handed
  • How Beowulf responds to Unferth's challenges

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the epic poem Beowulf to explain what the hero tells everyone when he's going to do battle with the dragon
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about the demonstration of pride of reputation shown at the beginning and end of the poem
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what Hrothgar tells Beowulf after the latter has defeated Grendel's mother

Additional Learning

Check out the lesson titled, Beowulf Pride Quotes: Examples & Analysis for additional study. You should meet these objectives when you finish:

  • Describe some of the functions served by the mead hall
  • Draw conclusions about what is meant by bravado
  • Name the character who swam against Beowulf in the contest