If we are going to answer the question under “First-semester literature final”,2 as the answer to the question: “How many men does Grendel kill before he gets to Beowulf?”. However, this answer is INCORRECT. The correct answer for the question being asked is 1.
It was stated in the Old English epic poem that Grendel managed to kill ONE of Beowulf’s warriors before he attacked Beowulf himself. Using the given question, it is correct to say that Grendel only managed to kill one man before he gets to Beowulf. Grendel died after fighting Beowulf – his arms were ripped off and he went back into the swamp to die.