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Flashcards in Beowulf Deck (30):
1

repetition of consonant sounds in words that are close to one another

alliteration

2

a part used to express the whole or vice versa

synecdoche

3

pause or break within a line of poetry, usually indicated by the natural rhythm of the language

caesura

4

special poetic renaming of things

kennings

5

the naming of a person, or human characteristic by some object or attribute with which is closely associated

metonymy

6

poem that mourns the death of a person or laments something last

elegy

7

story in which the characters, settings, and events stand for abstract or moral concepts

allegory

8

killed using a giant's magical sword

Grendel's Mother

9

embodies the knowledge of the price paid for physical and spiritual survival

Dragon

10

shows loyalty even though he faces certain death

Wiglaf

11

killed with Beowulf's bare hands

Grendel

12

character responsible for mortally wounding Beowulf

Dragon

13

Jealous of Beowulf's fame

Unferth

14

Demonic creature that weapons are useless against

Grendel

15

attacks and kills 30 men

Grendel

16

Go seeking fame

Beowulf

17

Defeated in underwater lair

Grendel's Mother

18

2 types of dominant people during this period in British history

Anglo Saxons, Celtics

19

Where did King Arthur come from?

Welsh Chieftan who fought Anglo Saxons

20

What book was the Seafarer published in?

Exeter Book

21

What people were thought highly of because they promoted hereos

Bards

22

After the Romans left, what are 2 things that happened in Britian

Loss of central government
protection from invaders

23

Beowulf's tale of conquest is an example of the Pagan idea to see the fame

fame

24

What does the dragon represent (Pagan and Christian)

Pagan- destiny
Christian- Valley of the shadow of death

25

2 Characteristics of Anglo Saxons and Celtic literature

Celtics- fantasy genre, stories of adventure
Anglo Saxon- male dominant, written in Olde English

26

2 things that King Alfred is known for (short answer)

rid the country of the Danes
unified England with
Christianity

27

3 of the major 5 influences of the English literature (short answer)

Latin, Greek, French

28

2 of the 5 Seafarer Topics (short answer)

Hopes and Life experiences

29

3 examples of the number 3 in Beowulf (short answer)

3 struggles against forces of evil
3 monsters in demonic shapes
3 sites of fear

30

4 of the 8 parts of the Epic Hero cycle (short answer)

The quest- the hero is charged with at least one quest
The test- the hero is tested to prove he is worthy of the quest
Supernatural settings- the hero finds himself in supernatural worlds
Low point- the cycle reaches a low point in the action. Sometimes the hero feels defeated and appears to give up on his quest