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. Which character turns into a bird?

2. Where do the Lappish king's sons go to hunt?

3. Who kills Helgi?

4. What is the Norse name for the end of the world?

5. How many heads does the old woman have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What challenge does Hymir issue to Thor to prove his superior strength?

2. How does Loki behave once insulted at Hymir's Hall?

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

4. How does Gudrun proclaim her innocence?

5. How should a wise Norseman speak?

6. What happened to Gudrun after she gathered Sigurd's body?

7. What does Sigrun's maid think when she sees Helgi riding into his grave?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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