Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will look at how the poet presents the monster Grendel in the Epic poem Beowulf.


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5 Questions

Which of these is NOT a quality of an Epic hero?
A desire to win a great reputation.
A noble background.
Correct answer: Mad origami skills.
Strength and skill in battle.
Why does Beowulf leave the Geats to travel to Hrothgar's hall?
He heard there was free food.
Correct answer: He wants to try to defeat Grendel and win glory.
He was taking a holiday out of his busy day-job of being a hero.
What does Beowulf tell Hrothgar about himself?
He is a coward and he should go to someone else for help.
His favourite colour and favourite food.
Correct answer: His past deeds and the fact he will beat the monster.
What deeds has Beowulf already done to create a heroic reputation?
Destroyed 2 werewolves.
Correct answer: Killed 5 giants.
Shot 1 troll.
Slain 4 dragons.
How does Beowulf wound Grendel?
Pokes him with a really sharp sword.
Correct answer: Rips his arm off with his bare hands.
Shoots him in the eye with an arrow.
Slashes him with a spear.

5 Questions

Which of these is NOT a quality of a villain in an Epic?
A flaw like boastfulness or a temper
Cunning and intelligence
Physical and mental strength
Correct answer: Short sight and bad breath.
Why is Grendel such a mysterious monster?
He is invisible.
He is wanted by the FBI for identity theft.
Correct answer: We don't get much physical description of him in the epic.
How would you describe Grendel's mood in the poem?
Correct answer: Hungry and aggressive.
Peaceful and chilled out.
Sad and depressed.
Tired and sleepy.
What would Grendel have for dinner?
A roast chicken and a nice glass of wine.
A roast ox and a glass of mead.
A salad and a diet coke.
Correct answer: Soldiers. Lots of delicious human soldiers.
Which of these phrases is NOT used to describe Grendel in the poem?
Correct answer: Nasty monster
Warlike creature

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UnitEnglish / Epic Poetry