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Beowulf Questions

Question 1 What is the name of the castle where the first few sections of the poem take place?



  1. Heorot
  2. Camelot
  3. Wulfing
  4. Hrothgar

Question 2 Who is the king at the beginning of the poem?

  1. Unferth
  2. Hrothgar
  3. Heorot
  4. Beowulf

Question 3 Grendel is a descendant of what Biblical figure?

  1. Samson
  2. Cain
  3. Lucifer
  4. Noah

Question 4 Where do the people make offerings to try to get aid from Grendel’s attacks?

  1. Muslim mosques
  2. Pagan shrines
  3. Catholic cathedrals
  4. Jewish temples

Question 5 Beowulf arrives to help the Danes

  1. On foot
  2. On horseback
  3. On the back of a dragon
  4. By ship

Question 6 Which character is jealous of Beowulf?

  1. Hygelac
  2. Wealhthow
  3. Unferth
  4. Hrothgar

Question 7 During the feast, Beowulf describes what kind of contest in which he competed against Breca?

  1. Swimming
  2. Running
  3. Jousting
  4. Storytelling

Question 8 How long is Beowulf king of Geatland before the dragon wake?

  1. 50 years
  2. 10 years
  3. 25 years
  4. 5 years

Question 9 What wakes the dragon?

  1. Grendel’s mother wakes the dragon to help her fight Beowulf.
  2. An intruder handles and removes a gem-studded goblet from the dragon’s lair.
  3. Beowulf confronts the sleeping dragon in his lair.
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  4. The dragon’s eggs begin to hatch.

Question 10 Where does the dragon’s treasure come from?

  1. It is the cache of a highborn race of people who have all died.
  2. It is Beowulf’s inheritance from King Hygelac.
  3. It belonged to the dragon’s father.
  4. It belongs to Hrothgar and the Danes.

Question 11 What is the dragon’s primary weapon when he attacks the homesteads?

  1. His sharp talons
  2. The fire that he breathes
  3. A sword that belonged to the ancient gods
  4. Unferth’s sword Hrunting

Question 12 What does the dragon destroy that upsets Beowulf?

  1. Beowulf’s home
  2. Beowulf’s armor
  3. The castle Heorot
  4. The tree of life

Question 13 Who volunteers to fight the dragon?

  1. Unferth
  2. Hygelac
  3. Hrothgar
  4. Beowulf

Question 14 What weapon finally kills the dragon?

  1. A dagger
  2. A cannon
  3. Bare hands
  4. A torch

Question 15 What regret does Beowulf express as he is dying?

  1. He was unable to kill the dragon.
  2. He never married.
  3. He is leaving the Geats penniless.
  4. He never had a son.