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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Vainamoinen catch?
(a) He catches Aino, who tells him a new technique for catching fish.
(b) He catches a number of fish, but none of them is Aino.
(c) He catches a salmon that was in fact Aino.
(d) He catches a fish that tells him how to catch Aino.

2. What does Louhi do when she finds Vainamoinen?
(a) She protects him from her son.
(b) She offers him her daughter's hand.
(c) She takes him to her home and bathes him.
(d) She convinces her son to kill him.

3. What does Vainamoinen ride on his journey?
(a) A magical crow.
(b) A magical salmon.
(c) An burro.
(d) A magical elk.

4. What does Joukahainen do when he meets Vainamoinen?
(a) He challenges Vainamoinen to a wrestling match.
(b) He challenges Vainamoinen to a javelin contest.
(c) He challenges Vainamoinen to a storytelling contest.
(d) He challenges Vainamoinen to a race.

5. What was the Water-Mother's name before she became the Water-Mother?
(a) The Maid of Pohja.
(b) Ilmarinen.
(c) Daughter of the Air.
(d) Louhi.

6. What does Vainamoinen do when Louhi offers him food?
(a) He eats and is indebted to Louhi.
(b) He says that all he wants is go home.
(c) He passes out from exhaustion.
(d) He refuses the food because he is still grieving for Aino.

7. What does Lemminkainen do to press his suit?
(a) He takes a job as a shepherd.
(b) He tricks her into coming to his hut.
(c) He bribes the woman's brother.
(d) He bribes the Creator.

8. Which tree agrees to Sampsa's proposal to cut the tree down?
(a) A cedar.
(b) A fir.
(c) An oak.
(d) A spruce.

9. What does Vainamoinen do when he agrees to take what Joukahainen offers?
(a) He allows Joukahainen to be drowned.
(b) He allows Joukahainen to return home.
(c) He humiliates Joukahainen by turning him into a spider.
(d) He tells Joukahainen the story of his own miserable future.

10. What does Louhi ask from Vainamoinen in return for her help?
(a) She asks him to tame the man-eating horses.
(b) She asks him to build a grinder.
(c) She asks him to ride a magic horse.
(d) She asks him to marry her daughter.

11. To whom does the little maid recount what she hears from Vainamoinen?
(a) Louhi.
(b) Aino's mother.
(c) Joukahainen.
(d) Aino.

12. What is happening when the Water-Mother experiences an upsurge of energy?
(a) Monsters are swallowing the sun.
(b) Lemminkainen is being born.
(c) The Maid of Pohja is singing to her.
(d) The small bird's eggs are hatching on her knee.

13. What occasion marks the end of Lemminkainen and Kyllikki's happiness?
(a) Lemmenkainen abandons Kyllikki on an island.
(b) Kyllikki goes dancing and Lemmenkainen confronts her.
(c) Kyllikki tells Lemmenkainen's enemies the secret of his vulnerability.
(d) Kyllikki betrays Lemminkainen with Vainamoinen.

14. Who sets out the series of tasks Vainamoinen must complete if he is going to marry?
(a) The Maid of Pohja.
(b) Annikki.
(c) Ilmarinen.
(d) Louhi.

15. Who comes after the Water-Mother prays for relief?
(a) The Maid of Pohja.
(b) Louhi.
(c) A small bird.
(d) Vainamoinen.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the gods decide to do when they hear Lemmenkainen bragging?

2. What does the Storyteller tell us in the first stanzas?

3. What does Lemmenkainen decide to do after he is reassembled and brought back to life?

4. What is Joukahainen's mother's reaction to Aino's marriage to Vainamoinen?

5. What does Vainamionen do with the wood Sampsa brings back to Vainamoinen?

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