Christianity in Beowulf: Themes & Examples


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Where and what time period was Beowulf written?

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1. What was the religion of those who would have read Beowulf when it was first written?

2. What biblical reference is Grendel compared to in Beowulf?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Beowulf was written in a time when many people were transitioning from one religion to another. Christian themes are explored in the story, and the questions in this quiz will test you on how well you understand these concepts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet, you'll be assessed on:

  • When Beowulf was written
  • The religion of the novel's first readers
  • Grendel as a biblical reference
  • Pagan beliefs portrayed in Beowulf
  • The reconciliation of two religious beliefs in the story

Skills Practiced

These assessments provide you the opportunity to practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Christian themes in Beowulf and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the religious practices of the early readers of the novel
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Grendel's character in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about these topics, check out the accompanying lesson called Christianity in Beowulf: Themes & Examples. You'll explore:

  • The sword that killed Grendel's mother
  • Grendel's attack on Heorot
  • The rising waters and the race of the giants
  • Religious themes related to Scyld's death