Elder Edda Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The Edda features two birds conversing about Helgi. What kind of birds are they?

2. What item does Sigrdrifa give to Sigurd?

3. To whom is the Valkyrie betrothed?

4. Which character does Helgi wich to avoid?

5. For how many days is Grimnir tortured?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did Oddrun encounter Gunnar? What was he doing at the time?

2. Detail the events surrounding Sinfiotli's death.

3. How do Sorli and Hamdir react when they meet Erp on the road?

4. What does Gripir predict in regard to the prince's daughter?

5. What confession is made by Vingi? Who is Vingi?

6. What was seen in Glaumvor's dream?

7. What is Herborg's tale of woe?

8. Why does Thrym steal and hide Thor's hammer? Does Thrym's plan work?

9. What is Gudrun's message to Sigurd?

10. What confession does Hedin make to Helgi? How does Helgi react?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Treachery was everywhere in the Eddas. People constantly deceived one another for personal gain or revenge. Many acts were considered to be treachery when they were not. List at least five different examples of treachery. Include details surrounding each case. Were any of the cases linked? If so, how?

Essay Topic 2

The Norse people were known as being great warriors that frequently went on long journeys. Discuss travel and how it affected the Norse lifestyle. What did families do when the master of the house was gone for many months? Did the women of the house have the same power? Did the women ever travel? What types of things took place on the journeys? Give an example from one of the Eddas.

Essay Topic 3

As the father of all gods, Odin had powers that were not available to lesser gods. What powers did Odin have? What powers did Frigg have as Odin's wife? Did Odin's children have stronger powers than non-related gods? Explain.

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