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 Vainamoinen tell the living creatures after he returns from the Underworld?

2. What does Vainamoinen catch?

3. What prayer does Lemmenkainen make after his snowshoes break?

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

5. Where does Vainamoinen plant his tree?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Marjetta's parents do when Marjetta gets pregnant?

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

3. How do Joukahainen's mother and sister feel about the deal Joukahainen struck with Vainamoinen?

4. What happens when Ilmarinen finds that his new bride has amused herself with another man while Ilmarinen was sleeping?

5. What happens after Vainamoinen refuses to cease working at his blacksmith's shop inside of Vipunen?

6. What happens when Vainamoinen goes to the underworld?

7. What happens when Vainamoinen prays for someone to cut down the enormous oak?

8. Why does Vainamoinen go down to the underworld?

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

10. Describe Vainamoinen's birth.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

On more than one occasion, a woman is unfaithful to the man she is with or married to. What role does infidelity play in the Kalevala? Is there an expectation of fidelity in marriage? Is there a different expectation? When characters marry in the Kalevala, is their marriage the same as an ordinary marriage, or are the Kalevala marriages different?

Essay Topic 3

What kind of justice applies in the Kalevala? Is murder always punished? Is theft always punished? Is the justice always the same or does it vary? Citing examples from the text, describe justice in the Kalevala.

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