Key Vocabulary in Beowulf


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The word fetters is used to describe:

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1. An atheling is a/an:

2. The word baleful is used to describe the:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz combination will help you examine how well you have understood the period-specific vocabulary words used in Beowulf. You will answer questions about the words the poet uses to indicate a military engagement, to designate power and position, to inspire dread of Grendel, and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on the meaning of the following terms:

  • Atheling
  • Bulwark
  • Fetters
  • Hoard

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - confirm your understanding of the what words like fetters are used to describe in the poem
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define terms used in warfare, such as foe
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the rank and position of an atheling

Additional Learning

To study this work in greater detail, read or view the lesson titled Key Vocabulary in Beowulf. The following objectives are found in this lesson:

  • Understand the Anglo-Saxon roots of the English language
  • Identify the period during which the poem was written
  • Learn the definitions of the trickier vocabulary words
  • Examine how the poet uses these terms to tell his story