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. What is the name of the Swedish king?

2. Which of the following items was not introduced by Thor?

3. To what does the first piece of wisdom refer?

4. How is Regin described?

5. What is the name of the Swedish king's only daughter?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the Edda, what were Gudrun's feelings about Sigurd?

2. What are Gunnar's thoughts regarding the possible loss of Brynhild?

3. What is the conversation between Brynhild and the giantess?

4. What is the result of Rig's teachings to Kin?

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

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

7. How does Gudrun respond to Atli's invitation to her brothers?

8. How does the conflict begin in The Death of Sinfiotli?

9. Who were the three Valkyries found spinning near Wolf Lake?

10. Detail the events surrounding Sinfiotli's death.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many, even gods, sought answers to questions through prophecy. The Seeresses, Valkyries and other prophets were able to offer advice and even glimpses into the past and future. Discuss the importance of prophecy regarding love and battle. Were the prophets revered or shunned? Who was most likely to visit a prophet?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the characters in the Eddas were obsessed with treasure. Treasure seemed particularly valuable if it was taken from a slain enemy or stolen. What kind of treasure was most often found by victors and common thieves? Who was well known for finding and taking treasure? Which character was the most successful and therefore the wealthiest from taking booty?

Essay Topic 3

Many battles ensued due to the killing of one's family members. This is especially true in the case of Gudrun. Examine the life of Gudrun, her losses and vengeance regarding the murder of various family members.

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