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 is Sigrdrifa?

2. What is the name of the tree of life?

3. Who is supposedly going to kill Sigurd?

4. Who wants to marry Thor's daughter?

5. What is the name of the woman that enchants Freyr?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What confession is made by Vingi? Who is Vingi?

3. How does Odin test Geirrod?

4. What story does Gudrun tell to Thiodrek?

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

6. How does Gudrun respond to Atli's invitation to her brothers?

7. Why is Skirnir sent to meet with Gerd? How does Gerd react?

8. What advice does Sigrdrifa give to Sigurd on being victorious in battle?

9. Which character turns into a eagle? Why does it happen? What is the bird's purpose?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Many of the characters in the Eddas were obsessed with treasure. Treasure seemed particularly valuable if it was taken from a slain enemy or stolen. What kind of treasure was most often found by victors and common thieves? Who was well known for finding and taking treasure? Which character was the most successful and therefore the wealthiest from taking booty?

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