Who Was Beowulf? - Character Traits & Analysis


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Beowulf embodies many of the characteristics of a classic epic hero. He is of noble birth, brave, honest and a fierce fighter. Which of the following answers explains why these characteristics are most important?

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1. The story of Beowulf is an epic poem. Epics are most often presented in poetry or 'lofty' language because they are:

2. Beowulf was actually a member of which group of people?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Beowulf is described as a fearless fighter and honest ruler. This quiz may be used to judge your understanding of this epic character with questions about the importance of the epic poem and the relevance of Beowulf's character.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to determine how well you grasp facts about Beowulf, including his:

  • Characteristics
  • Tribe
  • Fatal flaw
  • Final battle

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Beowulf
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of an epic hero to recognize the meaning behind Beowulf's character traits
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding epic poems

Additional Learning

Review the lesson titled Who Was Beowulf? - Character Traits & Analysis for more information. This lesson contains more details, including:

  • Quotes from the text
  • Story summary
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