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 Valkyrie who appears before Helgi?

2. How old is Helgi when he kills Hunding?

3. What is the name of the ferryman?

4. What is the name of the Swedish king?

5. Who kills Ottar?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Sigurd and Regin meet?

2. What story does Gudrun tell to Thiodrek?

3. Why is Gudrun angry with her sons?

4. How should a wise Norseman speak?

5. What warning does Fafnir give to Sigurd regarding the treasure? How does Sigurd react to the warning?

6. Explain the death of Hunding at Helgi's hand and the consequences.

7. Describe what happened when King Hraudung's sons went out on a fishing expedition.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Loki is one of the most famous characters in Norse mythology as well as being extremely powerful. However, stories are often conflicted about Loki's true nature. Write your opinion regarding Loki's character. Was Loki a trickster or a devil? Was Loki mischievous or evil? Give examples of some of Loki's acts.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the gods Thor and Loki. Include examples of power, bravery and cunning in and out of battle.

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