Eng. 3/British Lit Beowulf Mrs. Frederick Beowulf Unit Test: To prepare for this test you should be familiar with the history of England to 1066, a date which ended the Anglo Saxon period. What was the time period like; what peoples lived in the British Isles at this time; who were the invaders and what remnants of their own culture did they leave behind; what was the social system like and what phrase summed up this system which the Middle Ages would call feudalism; what was literature during this time period like. Can you identify the main characters from the poem, all 3 sections. Can you scan lines to identify the poetic structures of the poem? What is an epic poem and how and why does Beowulf qualify? What is a classical hero? What events from Beowulf indicate that the protagonist is a classical hero? How does the poem illustrate the pagan/Christian split, i.e. evidence that both philosophic attitudes were present during this time. As judged by the hero Beowulf and his behavior in the poem, just what kind of a protagonist was revered by Anglo Saxon audiences, and why? (What do you know about their world and world view which would necessitate such a hero?) The test will include some from the following list for you to identify: Beowulf Geat Brecca Grendel Heorot(e) Hrothgar Unferth Hrunting Welthow Wiglaf Wulfgar mead-hall mead tower thane armed-peace(concept) Higlac Thane epithet caesura alliteration Celts (Brythons), Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Normans, Romans 1066 ring-giver (concept) wyrd animism feudalism Every one of these is on a handout: Introduction to Anglo Saxon England, the poem Beowulf, and the FYI sheet you were provided. It is up to you to inspect all carefully in preparing for your test.