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 is Regin described?

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

3. What is the name of the Swedish king?

4. Where do the chieftains gather after the murder of Hunding?

5. Which animals travel with Thor's party?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Name some of the girls' great feats before they came to live in Frodi's hall.

3. According to the Seeress, who will avenge Baldr?

4. What was seen in Glaumvor's dream?

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

6. How does Loki behave once insulted at Hymir's Hall?

7. How and where is Andvari caught by Loki?

8. What fates befall Gunnar and Hogni?

9. What does Gripir predict in regard to the prince's daughter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the father of all gods, Odin had powers that were not available to lesser gods. What powers did Odin have? What powers did Frigg have as Odin's wife? Did Odin's children have stronger powers than non-related gods? Explain.

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 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.

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