Time Period of Beowulf: Historical Background


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What was the appeal of the scop?

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1. What was the intention of the Germanic tribes who invaded England in the late 400s?

2. What was the intention of the Vikings Warriors who invaded England starting in the 800s?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are many historical references found within Beowulf that proved valuable to those who researched this epic poem. In this quiz and worksheet combination, you will be asked questions about the history surrounding this poem to see how well you understand different aspects of life in Anglo-Saxon England.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on:

  • The Germanic tribes who invaded in 400 AD
  • The Mead Hall
  • The 'scop's' role
  • The Viking Warriors intent

Skills Practiced

You will be provided with opportunities to practice your study skills, including:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson on the time period of Beowulf
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Mead Hall
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer why it is evident Beowulf was not written before 500 AD

Additional Learning

Study the accompanying lesson, Time Period of Beowulf: Historical Background, to learn more. This lesson will develop the following topics:

  • Introduction to Beowulf
  • Historical references, including the Battle of Ravenswood
  • The role of the Viking and Norman invasions in determining the age of Beowulf
  • Life in Anglo-Saxon England
  • History of the Anglo-Saxon age