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. How does Vainamoinen escape from the Underworld?

2. Which tree does Vainamoinen leave standing?

3. To whom does the little maid recount what she hears from Vainamoinen?

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

5. What happens when Joukahainen fires at Vainamoinen?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Storyteller describe the purpose of his stories at the end?

2. What happens to the chips that come from cutting down the mighty oak?

3. How do Vainamoinen, Ilmarinen, and Lemminkainen steal the Sampo?

4. How does Louhi get revenge for the loss of the Sampo?

5. What happens when Lemminkainen sees the fires from Pohja?

6. How does Louhi ensure that there will be enough beer?

7. How does Ilmarinen's wife express her distaste for Kullervo?

8. How does Vainamoinen convince Vipunen to tell him the three magic words?

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

10. What happens after Vainamoinen tells the old man the story of the iron?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sometimes characters are brought back to life in the Kalevala. Who or what determines whether characters are let to die or are brought back to life? Is there a Fate-like agency that decides? Or is it the whim of the story? Choose three examples of characters dying or being brought back to life and from those instances, describe the significance of death in the Kalevala.

Essay Topic 2

How does the Kalevala describe women? What range of roles do women play? What range of roles do men play? Is there ever any overlap or play with roles? Is Louhi ever masculine? Is Vainamoinen ever feminine?

Essay Topic 3

What glimpses do you get into the everyday lives of the Finns who composed the Kalevala? What was their life like? What did they value, and what were they afraid of? What technologies did they have? What gods did they believe in? What customs did they follow?

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