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. How old is Helgi when he kills Hunding?

2. What is the name of the ferryman?

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

4. What is Helgi Hiorvard's title?

5. Who is the first to see Helgi in spirit after he dies?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Edda's view on friendship?

2. What story does Gudrun tell to Thiodrek?

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

4. Detail the events surrounding Sinfiotli's death.

5. Who were some of the casualties in battle? How did the deaths affect Sigrun?

6. How does the relationship form between Lord and Rig?

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 happened to Gudrun after she gathered Sigurd's body?

10. What topic does Freyia want to discuss? Why?

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

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

Odin was well known for donning disguises whenever he was attempting to trick or test someone or otherwise hide his identity. Examine Odin's use of disguises. Explain why a disguise would be necessary for the father of all the gods. How successful was Odin with his deceptions?

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