• Shuffle
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Alphabetize
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Front First
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Both Sides
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Read
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off

Card Range To Study



Play button


Play button




Click to flip

Use LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to navigate between flashcards;

Use UP and DOWN arrow keys to flip the card;

H to show hint;

A reads text to speech;

10 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
Describe three characteristics of an EPIC POEM
1) It opens in the midst of the story (medas res)
2) The setting is vast and it covers many nations, the world and the universe.
3) It usually begins with an invocation to Muse.
4) It starts with a statement of the theme.
5) The use of Epithets.
6) It includes long lists.
7) It features long and formal speeches.
8) It shows divine intervention on human affairs.
9) The Heroes embody the values of civilization.
Provide a few facts that detail the pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon culture.
1) Tribal culture
2) Germanic pagan religion
3) Warrior society
4) Practiced cremation
5) Ritual drinking
Name two ways the Anglo-Saxon culture changed with the introduction of Christianity.
1) Pagan practices prohibited
2) Stories and traditions changed to reflect Christianity
3) Elaborate ritual burials fade out
Besides religion, name two specific contributions Christianity made to the Anglo-Saxon culture.
1) It brought writing to a primarily oral culture.
2) It introduced values of peace, compassion, and cooperation to a formerly war-centered society.
Explain two reasons speeches are often so lengthy in Beowulf.
1) They provide story information
2) They can chronicle ancestry
3) They can serve as an oral marker
4) Being able to speak well was highly valued by Anglo-Saxons
Describe 3 ways either the Romans or Anglo-Saxons influenced British culture/history.
Romans - Paved roads, Latin, standard currency, more stable buildings, greater peace, sanitation, organized army.

Anglo-Saxons - Language, literature, days of the week
Name and define the three major literary conventions used in Beowulf. Provide an example of at least one of these conventions.
Kenning, Alliteration, Caesura
Provide two examples that show aspects of the Christian Anglo-Saxon culture in Beowulf.
1) Throughout the story Beowulf repeatedly acknowledges God as his protector.
2) There is the sense that all earthly good, be it success or wealth, derives from God.
3) Hrothgar tells Beowulf that earthly success, given by God, must be handled with humility (5.13).
Recall the typical characteristics of the epic hero and list at least 2 aspects of Beowulf’s character that make him an epic hero and why.
1) imposing stature/appearance
2) meaningful as a legend or historical figure
3) grand actions and superhuman abilities
4) requiring superhuman strength and courage
Recall the typical characteristics of an epic poem and name three ways that Beowulf fits the model of the epic poem.
1) the style is grand or elevated
2) supernatural forces (gods, angels, demons) are involved or interested in the action
3) an epic hero of imposing stature and who is meaningful as a legend or historical figure
4) his/her actions take place on a grand scale and are important nationally, internationally, or worldwide
5) the action consists of a great deed( s) requiring superhuman courage & maybe superhuman strength