1. Short-response prompt (15 points)
Text: "In the One-Eyed Giant's Cave" by Homer
Describe how Homer develops Odysseus's character throughout the passage. Then, analyze how his characterization of Odysseus affects the way the audience relates to the character. Be sure to use specific details from the text to support your ideas.
2. Short-response prompt (15 points)
Read the following excerpt fromBeowulf.
That murderous spirit was named Grendel,
huge moor-stalker who held the wasteland,
fens, and marshes; unblessed, unhappy,
he dwelt for a time in the lair of the monsters
after the Creator had outlawed, condemned them
as kinsmen of Cain—for that murder God
the Eternal took vengeance, when Cain killed Abel.
No joy that kin-slaughter: the Lord drove him out,
far from mankind, for that unclean killing.
Select two words from this excerpt that have strong connotations. Explain the connotative meanings of each of these words. Then analyze how the words contribute to the reader's understanding of Grendel's character. Be sure to use specific details from the excerpt to support your ideas.
3. Short-response prompt (15 points)
Read the following excerpt fromGrendel.
"You're all crazy," I bellowed, "you're all insane!" I'd never howled more loudly in my life. Darts like hot coals went through my legs and arms and I howled more loudly still. And then, just when I was sure I was finished, a shriek ten times as loud as mine came blaring off the cliff. It was my mother! She came roaring down like thunder, screaming like a thousand hurricanes, eyes as bright as dragonfire, and before she was within a mile of us, the creatures had leaped to their horses and galloped away. Big trees shattered and fell from her path; the earth trembled. Then her smell poured in like blood into a silver cup, filling the moonlit clearing to the brim, and I felt the two trees that held me falling, and I was tumbling, free, into the grass.
Select one example of figurative language that the author uses in this excerpt. Identify the type of figurative language used and then explain what the figurative language means and analyze what it tells the reader about Grendel's mother. Be sure to use specific details from the excerpt to support your ideas.
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