Universal Themes in Beowulf


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Which of these is not a theme of 'Beowulf'?

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1. In the epic 'Beowulf,' Unferth attempts to challenge Beowulf's _____.

2. In 'Beowulf,' who comes to help Beowulf fight the dragon?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The poem, Beowulf, tells the story of a warrior hero who risks everything to battle the monsters threatening the Scandinavian countryside. This lesson and quiz help you understand the themes explored through the poem's characters and plot.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

This assessment includes quiz questions that focus on the following aspects of Beowulf:

  • Core themes in the poem
  • The conflict involving Beowulf's motives
  • Themes explored through the characters' relationships
  • Examples of heroic actions in the poem

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the facts and knowledge you've gain on the epic poem, Beowulf
  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read a summary of the poem's themes and understand how they are developed in the poem
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the poem to explain the themes explored through the character of Beowulf

Additional Learning

For more help in understanding this poem, read the lesson, Universal Themes in Beowulf. The lesson will help you with the following goals:

  • List some of the poem's examples of the theme of honor in battle
  • Describe the theme explored through the actions of Grendel's mother
  • Explain the role of loyalty in the poem
  • Understand how the poem portrays the power of goodness and virtue