Guided reading questions Beowulf vs the dragon

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Guided reading questions – Beowulf vs. the dragon

  1. How much time has passed since the battle with Grendel’s mother?

50 years

  1. Who is now king of the Geats?


  1. Describe what happened to those who held the dragon’s treasure before him?

Eventually they died off. They give the treasure back to the earth, so that no one else may enjoy them.

  1. How does the dragon react when he realizes his cup has been stolen?

He terrorizes the town

  1. What is foreshadowed in lines 2310-2312?

Beowulf’s death

  1. Why doesn’t Beowulf fear the dragon?

Because he is a hero and believes he is still capable of fighting the dragon to protect his people

  1. Why does Beowulf refuse the crown offered by Higlac’s widow? When does he become king?

He refused to rule while Higlac’s son was still alive. He becomes king once he dies.

  1. Compare Beowulf’s final boast (lines 2511-2515) with Hrothgar’s speech (lines 1709-1768) after Beowulf has killed Grendel’s mother. How well has Beowulf followed Hrothgar’s advice?

Beowulf still lets pride rule his decisions, and at this age, he should have accepted his role as a hero was done and let someone younger and stronger battle the dragon. Hrothgar has always warned that if he becomes too proud, his people will no longer follow him.

  1. Why does Beowulf want to fight the dragon alone?

He still wants the fame for killing the dragon, just like at Herot

  1. What does Beowulf do when he realizes he’s losing the battle with the dragon? What does he do?

He no longer boasts of his great battles. He continues to fight, although he knows that fate is now against him.

  1. What do Beowulf’s followers do when they realize he’s losing? What does Wiglaf do?

He followers run away. The only one who stays to help him is Wiglaf. He helped Beowulf slay the dragon

  1. How is the dragon killed?

He is stabbed and then Beowulf follows up with his dagger

  1. What request does Beowulf make at the end of chapter 37?

He asks Wiglaf to bring the dragon’s treasure to him

  1. How is Beowulf killed?

By the dragon’s venom

  1. Summarize Beowulf’s last words to Wiglaf.

He wants Wiglaf to lead the Geats, he wants a proper funeral, and he wants a tower to be built in memory of him so all will remember what a hero he was

  1. What does Wiglaf say to the rest of Beowulf’s followers? They have been a disgrace because they left Beowulf when he needed them most. No one will receive treasure for being a coward

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