Beowulf Compared to Modern Day Heroes


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Which of these heroes is like Beowulf in his direct use of strength?

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1. Which of the following is NOT one of Beowulf's values?

2. Which famous author was also a Beowulf scholar?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The heroic qualities of Beowulf are often found in the heroes of modern-day books, film and television. These quiz questions will challenge you to understand Beowulf's character traits and identify modern day superheroes that exhibit them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked to:

  • Identify a modern-day hero who shares Beowulf's strength
  • Recognize Beowulf's values
  • Name a modern hero who shares Beowulf's wits
  • Know which Lord of the Rings character J.R.R. Tolkien modeled after Beowulf
  • Understand why Beowulf differs from modern heroes

Skills Practiced

Skills practiced include:

  • Distinguishing differences - be able to recognize values that Beowulf does and does not exhibit
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about J.R.R. Tolkien to identify which Lord of the Rings character is modeled after Beowulf
  • Making connections - connect your knowledge of Beowulf's heroic character traits to modern-day heroes

Additional Learning

To get a deeper understanding of this concept, read the related lesson called Beowulf Compared to Modern Day Heroes. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the two basic types of heroes
  • Understand how long ago Beowulf was written
  • Assess the similarities and differences between Beowulf and heroes from Star Wars