Metaphors in Beowulf


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How would you define 'kenning' as it was used in Anglo-Saxon poetry?

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1. In Beowulf, which of the following is NOT a kenning used to describe Beowulf?

2. In Beowulf, why did the poet, or scop, need to find creative ways to tell the story?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can assess what you know about the metaphors used in Beowulf by selecting the correct answers in the multiple-choice questions making up this quiz and worksheet. You will be quizzed on term meanings and specific metaphors from this epic story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

When you use this assessment tool you will be asked to:

  • Define kenning
  • Identify kennings used in Beowulf
  • Explain why creativity was needed to tell stories like Beowulf
  • Note the kenning used to describe Grendel's mother
  • Describe the job of the scop, or poet

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson regarding the importance of creativity in oral storytelling in the time Beowulf was written
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can define key terms and concepts, such as kenning and the job of the poet
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding particular metaphors used in Beowulf

Additional Learning

This topic is further explored in the lesson titled Metaphors in Beowulf. The lesson contains:

  • Examples of metaphors
  • An explanation of what a kenning is and why the technique is used
  • Metaphors used to describe Beowulf as well as battles, the sea and monsters portrayed in the story