Kalevala 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. What does Joukahainen do when he meets Vainamoinen?

2. What does Vainamoinen resolve to build at the beginning of Part 16?

3. What sound does Vainamoinen find sad after he goes fishing?

4. What happens after Joukahainen fires at Vainamoinen?

5. Who collects the chips that come from cutting down the tree Vainamoinen plants?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Marjetta lose and then find her baby?

2. What happens when Joukahainen prepares to hunt down Vainamoinen?

3. What kind of stories does Joukahainen tell?

4. What happens when Vainamoinen tries to help the oak grow?

5. Describe how Lemminkainen's mother brings him back to life.

6. What does the Maid of Pohja dream, and what does her dream signify?

7. What does Louhi say she wants in return for giving Vainamoinen safe passage home?

8. What happens when Ilmarinen tried to fashion a new wife for himself?

9. How is the ox prepared for the wedding feast?

10. What does the storyteller describe in the introductory stanzas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many times characters sing praises for the Creator, but there are also many cases where characters create things themselves. How are the characters' creations celebrated or recognized? What kinds of creation are reserved for the Creator? Do any of the characters try to overstep the limits of their creative abilities? Using examples from the text, describe creations in the Kalevala.

Essay Topic 2

On several occasions, characters lie about their intentions before they finally tell the truth. What role does lying play in the Kalevala, and how do characters arrive at the truth? How are characters tricked or misled? Is misdirection always found out, or do characters get away with their lies? Cite examples from the text as you answer.

Essay Topic 3

On a number of occasions, children deliver important information in the Kalevala. Citing three examples from the text, describe the role of the child in the Kalevala.

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