Elder Edda Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What might Hogni receive as a reward for betraying Sigurd?

2. Sigurd's death leaves Gudrun feeling smaller than which object?

3. Who is queen of the Huns?

4. Which is not one of Gudrun's sons?

5. Who is the ancestor to all Seeresses?

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

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 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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