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. Which character does Helgi wich to avoid?

2. What is the name of the boy that took pity on the wizard?

3. What kind of spell had been cast on Sigrdrifa?

4. Where will the gods gather to battle?

5. How old is Helgi when he kills Hunding?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Fafnir surprised at Sigurd's appearance?

2. What did Brynhild see in her dream?

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

4. How does the accusation against Gudrun occur?

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

6. Why does Thrym steal and hide Thor's hammer? Does Thrym's plan work?

7. How should a wise Norseman speak?

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

9. Name at least one reason Thor objects to the marriage of his daughter to the ogre.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

The stories of the widows at Sigurd's grave show clearly that it was common for people to have a great number of marriages. Having children in each marriage was also common. Discuss the reason for the large number of marriages. How did the marriages typically end? Were the marriages formal or based on an informal commitment? What would be an average number of marriages per person based on the information given?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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