Biblical Allusions in Beowulf


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Which character in Beowulf is compared to Cain from the Bible?

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1. In Beowulf, how does Beowulf's death allude to Christ's death?

2. In Beowulf, which of the Ten Commandments does Hrothgar's men break?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Allusions to stories from the Bible are throughout the epic poem, Beowulf. This quiz tests your understanding of these references with specific comparisons of historical context as well as biblical events and characters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will help you determine your understanding of:

  • Cain
  • Christ
  • Which one of the Ten Commandments were disobeyed

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Beowulf
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the characters in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Anglo-Saxon history

Additional Learning

To learn more about this work of classic literature, review the lesson titled Biblical Allusions in Beowulf. This goes into further detail about the allusions including:

  • The story of Cain
  • The death of Christ
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Great Flood