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BEOWULF WEB QUEST
Transcript of BEOWULF WEB QUEST
By: Amber Mensik & Ashanti Wiley
BEOWULF WEB QUEST
When was Beowulf thought to have been written?
Beowulf was thought to have been written between 700 CE-1000 CE.
How our knowledge of history helped to determine the time frame and geographic location of the action in Beowulf? Describe what is known about the setting of the play?
The setting of the play Beowulf took place in Scandanavia; knowledge of history helps us determine this because we can read about places that are described and find the place on the map.
In what language was the poem written?
The poem Beowulf was written in the Anglo-Saxon language, also known as Old English.
Is Beowulf a fictional or historical character? What about other leading characters in the poem?
Beowulf is a historical character, along with Hrothgar. Grendel and Grendel's mother are fictional characters.
The age of the manuscript and the age of the poem differ greatly. How do you think the story of Beowulf survived from the time of the conception to the time of its inscription?
The story of Beowulf survived from the time of the conception to the time of its incription due to the family tradition of telling stories, passing it down from generation to generation.
What is the literary style of Beowulf?
The literary style of Beowulf is Old English.
Write about what you think about it VISUALLY. (3 things)
It was written with ink and a quill.
-It was written in a different language.
-It looks like the manuscript was written in Latin.
Describe any similarities you see between Old English and Modern English.
Depending on the word, a certain word's first letter in Modern English has the same first letter as it does in Old English, even if its in a different language.
Describe three differences between Old English and Modern English.
Old English: very difficult to decipher and undestand. Modern English: Easy to decipher and understand.
Old English language is spoken more properly than the Modern English language; has different dialects.
Old English originated in Germany while Modern English originated in Britain.
Write a description of what your typical life would be like in the Anglo-Saxon time period.
If I was a farmer's daughter in the Anglo-Saxon time period, my typical life would consist of helping my father tend to our farm, buying food from the market at the center of the village, going to church to learn more about Christianity from the monks, then I'd come back home to take care of my ill family members.
Compare and contrast Anglo-Saxon Life to Modern American Life.
-Both lives have some form of social classes
-Both lives have forms of entertainment that is shown through the people
-Transportation is not a huge issue with Anglo-Saxon life or Modern American life
- Bad hygienic conditions; lots of diseases were spread that were rarely impossible to cure.
-Anglo-Saxon homes were fairly small; they were only able to house a few people.
-Their social classes have a much more diverse gap; there are simply the wealthy and the less fortunate.
-Resources during this time period were, at times, hard to come by.
Modern American Life
-Good hygienic conditions; have the ability to cure most diseases.
-Homes are larger; some are able to house many people
- Social classes are a bit more developed; there is an upper class, a middle class, and a lower class.
-Resources are much more available, such as food, water, places to live, etc.
Invasion of Britain
Why did the Germanic tribes invade Britain?
The Germanic tribes invaded Britain because the withdrawl of the Romans from England, in the early 5th century, left a political vacuum.
Explain the heptarchy of Germanic England.
The heptarchy is the seven kingdoms, which are recognized to have existed during this time. Their names are:
5) East Anglia
In your own words, describe the Germanic culture.
Their official language is German. The Germanic depend on structure: They are the masters of planning, so they would want to plan what happens at a specific time and a specific place. The work and personal lives of the Germanic people are rigidly divided, meaning they are rarely changed. Their homes are also kept neat and tidy at all times.
America is often referred to as a "melting pot". How can post-Roman Britain be described as a melting pot as well?
Post-Roman Britain can be described as a melting pot because many different took over Britain and claimed it as their own.
PART III (cont.)
Write a brief journal entry as a person living during the Anglo-Saxon time period.
- My name is Audrey. I live in a small village with my father and two younger siblings, my mother has passed what will be two years ago today. My father is a ceorl, which is a type of man who owns land based on how much he has. We are fortunate not being slaves. But still due to not enough money to provide for us, I had to take on the job of a potter once finished caring for my siblings. Some days we have to go without eating so there will be enough food for the next day, such as wheat oats peas, sometimes even honey. But at the end of the day, we have to remind ourselves that our lives could be worse, and as long as we have each other, that what makes life worth living.
PART V (cont.)
Describe Anglo-Saxon religious Beliefs. Did they believen God? Heaven? Hell? You may have to make some some inferences.
The Anglo-Saxons believe in many gods, such as Woden, Tiw, Thor, and more. This belief is called paganism. They also believe in protecting themselves from evil spirits by using lucky charms.
Describe one way the Anglo-Saxon culture influenced the English language.
One way the Anglo-Saxon culture influenced the English language was from their gods' names. For example, our day of the week, Wednesday, originated from the name Woden.
Identify two pagan gods. What connections can you make to these gods?
Two pagan gods are Odin and Thor:
Odin is to Anglo-Saxons as God is to his people.
Thor started low and worked himself up like how a normal person would to achieve their goals.
What was the purpose of sacrifice?
The purpose of sacrifice was to dedicate whole enemy armies to Woden.
What are the pagans' views on fighting?
The pagans' view on fighting was that they were in favor of it. They were barbaric, demanding human sacrifices, and defeated people in battle.
From where did our days of the week originate?
Our days of the week originated from the worship of the Sun and the Moon, as well as from the names of the pagan gods.
Explore the entire website that is given ("The Mission," "Paganism vs. Christianity," "Christianisation Through Persuasion," and "Why Christianity?"
What can you infer about why Anglo-Saxons converted from paganism to Christianity?
The Anglo-Saxons converted from paganism to Christianity because Augistine, a Christian missionary, convinced them that their gods do not care for them.
What can you infer about Christians' views toward paganism?
They don't believe that the pagan's gods care about the Anglo-Saxons' well-being. They believe that the pagan's gods will lead them down the wrong path.
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