Beowulf: Family Tree & Main Characters


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In the poem Beowulf, why does Beowulf refuse the throne the first time it is offered?

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1. In the poem Beowulf, why should Beowulf be considered a Waegmunding rather than a member of the House of Hrethel?

2. According to the poem Beowulf, how did Scyld Scefing arrive in Denmark?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz/worksheet will examine your understanding of Beowulf's character origins, as well as some of their motives, actions, and fates.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The primary aim of these resources is to assess you on:

  • Beowulf's refusal of the throne
  • Beowulf's heritage
  • Scyld Scefing's entry into Denmark
  • Grendel's rationale for attacking Heorot
  • The functions of the story's character names

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Beowulf's historical significance in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Beowulf's characters
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the tale of Beowulf

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more about Beowulf's characters, study our lesson titled Beowulf: Family Tree & Main Characters. This lesson will dig deeper into topics like:

  • Beowulf's heritage
  • Other significant characters
  • The House of Hrethel
  • The Waegmundings
  • The significance of the story's monsters