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by John Gardner

Grendel Quiz 1

1. What is Grendel trying to scare at the beginning of the novel?

  • a ram
  • an old woman
  • a bull
  • a warrior

2. How long has Grendel been in conflict with Hrothgar?

  • 5 years
  • 7 years
  • 20 years
  • 12 years

3. Where does Grendel live?

  • an underground cave
  • on a mountaintop
  • in a dungeon
  • in an oak tree

4. What philosophy does Grendel espouse in Chapter 1?

  • existentialism
  • solipsism
  • cyclical reality
  • nihilism

5. What lurks in the pool near Grendel's lair?

  • squids
  • crocodiles
  • firesnakes
  • sea serpents

6. In what does Grendel become trapped on his visit to the sunlit world?

  • a hunter's net
  • an oak tree
  • a small cave
  • a pool of quicksand

7. What does Hrothgar first think Grendel is?

  • a statue
  • an old man
  • a monster
  • a tree spirit

8. What do the first warriors who meet Grendel attempt to do to him?

  • kill a goat for him
  • give him treasures
  • feed him a pig
  • avoid him

9. When Grendel becomes trapped, what attacks him?

  • his mother
  • a ram
  • a dragon
  • a bull

10. Who or what rescues Grendel from Hrothgar's torment?

  • a suden storm
  • the dragon
  • a ram
  • Grendel's mother

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