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. Ottar and which other character have wagered foreign gold?

2. How many winters has the girl been kept from her father?

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

4. Where is Gunnar thrown?

5. Where does Hyndla sleep?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The tales in the Elder Edda are often repetitive. Some are retold in another point of view while others are almost identical to other poems. Explain the use of the repetition and why it was so common. Why do you think that the names and/or spellings sometimes changed from one account to the next?

Essay Topic 3

Odin was well known for donning disguises whenever he was attempting to trick or test someone or otherwise hide his identity. Examine Odin's use of disguises. Explain why a disguise would be necessary for the father of all the gods. How successful was Odin with his deceptions?

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