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. Where did the sacred waters begin?

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

3. Where does the greedy serpent live?

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

5. How is Regin described?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Herborg's tale of woe?

2. Why is it that Guthorm will not be blames for breaking the blood oath?

3. What are Hogni's thoughts about the ring sent by Gudrun?

4. How does the conflict begin in The Death of Sinfiotli?

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

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

7. What is offered to Gunnar and Hogni in exchange for their presence at Atli's hall?

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

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

10. Where did Oddrun encounter Gunnar? What was he doing at the time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Eddas can become quite confusing due to multiple spellings or variations of the same name. For example, Odin might be known as Odhinn, Woden, Valfathir, Father, Wise One, High One, etc. Give examples of other people/groups that may use alternate spellings or titles. Why is it a common occurrence? In what other cultures does this occur? Give examples from other cultures, as well.

Essay Topic 2

Many battles meant that there were many great rulers. The throne often changed hands, father to son, from the conquered to the victor. Choose at least five rulers mentioned in the Eddas. Compare and contrast their power, prowess, and integrity.

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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