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Lines 3,058–3,182 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What does Wiglaf vainly attempt to tell Beowulf before he seeks the dragon?

2. According to Wiglaf, what are Beowulf’s post-mortem instructions?

3. Who is to bring wood for Beowulf’s funeral?

4. Why does Wiglaf bring the seven noblest Geats to the dragon’s treasure?

5. What is done with the dragon’s corpse?

6. How may the Geatish king’s funeral pyre be described?

7. What do the Geats do as the fire is burning?

8. How long does it take to build the tomb Beowulf has asked for?

9. Why do 12 of the bravest Geats ride around the tower?

10. In the closing lines of the poem, how does the poet describe Beowulf?

Answers
1. Wiglaf vainly attempts to persuade his king to leave the dragon sleeping with his treasure, for it will be too costly for the Geats to lose their king and be left leaderless should the dragon be the victor in this battle.

2. Beowulf instructs Wiglaf that, after his death, his body should be burned and the ashes brought to the dragon’s tower—which is to be made Beowulf’s tomb.

3. Only the leaders of the Geatish people—the...

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