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The origin of the tale

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It is likely there really was a hero named Beowulf in Geatish history. Which of the following statements is likely true about the development of his epic poem?

A

Due to the oral nature of Anglo-Saxon poetry, his tale became exaggerated over time.

B

Due to the oral nature of Anglo-Saxon poetry, parts of his story were forgotten and diminished over time.

C

Due to scops needing to make a living, Beowulf might have paid to have his story enhanced.

D

Due to tribal disputes, the Anglo-Saxons might have altered the tale of the Geatish hero.

E

Due to the lack of a written language in the earliest Anglo-Saxon years, Beowulf might have made up his story and passed it on as truth.