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. Who does Atli blame for barring ships from entering the fjord?

2. Who is Sigrdrifa?

3. What is the name of the all-wise giant?

4. It is predicted that the strength of which person/group will fade away?

5. What is the first speaker's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Gripir? What is Gripir's role in the Edda?

2. How does Iormunrekk react to the news of the arrival of Sorli and Hamdir?

3. The Seeress states that no men will come to see her again until what event?

4. Why is it that Guthorm will not be blames for breaking the blood oath?

5. What did Brynhild see in her dream?

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

7. According to Sigrdrifa how can Sigurd avoid being charmed by another man's wife?

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

9. What story does Gudrun tell to Thiodrek?

10. What incident occurs as Helgi rests after killing Hunding?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Odin often visited a Seeress for news of the underworld, the future, and the fate of all gods. Write an essay covering Odin's unquenchable thirst for knowledge or how the knowledge of the underworld was kept from someone as powerful as Odin.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

As in most literature, love triangles are often the cause of pain and death. The same is true in the Eddas. In some cases, there is no actual infidelity, only the desire to have another's mate for your own. Discuss the moral implications of thought versus deed in regards to infidelity.

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