Litotes in Beowulf: Examples & Analysis


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Which choice is an example of a litotes from the poem Beowulf?

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1. In Beowulf, how do the litotes highlight Beowulf's heroic qualities in regards to his death?

2. How does the author use litotes to describe the place where Grendel's mother lives in Beowulf?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions on this quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of litotes, your ability to identify litotes, and how they are used in Beowulf.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions test your knowledge of the following:

  • The use of litotes to describe Grendel's mother's lair
  • How the use of litotes highlights Beowulf's heroic qualities posthumously
  • The effect of the use of litotes to describe Grendel's mother

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of litotes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question identifying what a given line is an example of
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on litotes in Beowulf

Additional Learning

Litotes in Beowulf: Examples & Analysis is a lesson that will teach you about how this literary element is used in this text. Covered objectives include:

  • Review Beowulf's battles
  • Understand the function of the different litotes
  • Discuss important characters from Beowulf