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Scandinavian people of southern Sweden; Beowulf's people

Geats

2

one of Hrothgar's warriors, who is jealous of Beowulf and challenges his bravery

Unferth

3

extremely hungry; voracious

ravenous

4

apart; divided

asunder

5

to be of use; to help

avail

6

a medieval singer or musician who sang or recited poetry and whose lyrics told of distant place or existing or imaginary historical events

minstrel

7

rolled the body clumsily

wallowed

8

confusion; disorder

tumult

9

repayment; compensation

recompense

10

a state of complete emptiness

desolation

11

At feasting time Hrothgar gives his warriors rings, ornaments, and bracelets in exchange for what?

bravery and loyalty

12

How many years has Grendel attacked Heorot?

12

13

How many warriors does Beowulf take with him to Denmark

14

14

What does Wealhtheow the Queen bring Beowulf and his men during the welcome banquet?

a glowing mead cup

15

What are some of the elements of the welcome banquet feast that Grendel must have heard and despised as he approached?

loud revelry of heroes, bold merriment of men, the minstrel's song, the soothing voice of the harp

16

How does Beowulf defeat Grendel?

He tears off his arm with his bare hands

17

The text also mentions a psychological reason that Grendel might hate the men of Heorot so much. Can you identify the line that reveals this?

Grendel is a distorted and ugly version of a man.

18

When the Danes flock to Heorot to behold the grisly trophy, Grendel's arm, they praise Beowulf and declare an important connection between his might and his ___.

governance

19

Besides Beowulf, whom does Hrothgar thank for his people's deliverance?

God

20

What does the minstrel sing of in celebration at the end?

heroic deeds of old