Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English


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What is the defining feature of alliterative verse?

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1. What is a caesura?

2. How did J. R. R. Tolkien influence Beowulf scholarship?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Beowulf is a classic epic poem, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of its plot and major characters. Some specific terms you'll be tested on include alliterative verse and caesura.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definitions of alliterative verse and caesura
  • The importance of the character Hrothgar
  • The consequence to the plot of Beowulf defeating Grendel
  • Plot synopsis of Beowulf, with a particular focus on the ending

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read a synopsis of Beowulf and interpret it correctly
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the structure of Beowulf as an epic poem in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the main characters in Beowulf

Additional Learning

To learn more about Beowulf, review the accompanying lesson: Synopsis & Characters of Beowulf. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify poetic devices that make Beowulf a unique epic poem
  • Understand the relationships between the main characters in Beowulf
  • Know the key plot points to Beowulf