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. To whom is the Valkyrie betrothed?

2. What was the name of the king?

3. What item does Thor set out to find?

4. What is Helgi Hiorvard's title?

5. What is the name of Regin's father?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Gudrun angry with her sons?

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

3. What fates befall Gunnar and Hogni?

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

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

6. What did Brynhild see in her dream?

7. What was Brynhild's punishment?

8. What things are promised to Frodi from the grinding of the magic grindstone?

9. What is Herborg's tale of woe?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In many of the Eddas, people are turned into or are approached by talking animals. In some cases, people learn to communicate with certain animals by drinking blood or performing other rites. Choose one of the following: Write about the metaphors involved in using birds, such as eagles and ravens, in the Eddas OR how a person or god could be turned into an animal as a punishment, curse or lesson to be learned.

Essay Topic 2

Thievery is a common theme in the Elder Edda. There are many lays and poems that contain tales of thievery among family as well as among enemies. Discuss the theft of treasures from family members versus fallen enemies. Which is the worst crime: stealing from your kin of from a man that you killed? Discuss the moral and practical implications of theft.

Essay Topic 3

In several Eddas, people had their hearts cut out. What is the purpose of cutting out a person's heart? What was done with the heart once it was removed? Was the action one of spite or magic? Give examples of each and how the act affected the Edda.

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