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 Louhi in response to her request?

2. What does Vainamoinen ride on his journey?

3. Who comes to the shore to see who has arrived there?

4. What is the name of the baby the Water-Mother is carrying?

5. What does the Daughter of the Underworld tell Vainamoinen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Vainamoinen go down to the underworld?

2. Describe Lemminkainen's elk hunt.

3. What happens when Lemminkainen happens upon the home of Louhi on his way to Pohja?

4. What does Vainamoinen suggest when the Old Man says that Marjetta's son must be tested before he can be baptized?

5. What happens when Lemminkainen decides to go to the wedding?

6. How do Vainamoinen and Ilmarinen liberate the sun and moon from the cave?

7. Describe Lemminkainen and Kyllikki's arrival at Lemminkainen's home.

8. What happens when Lemminkainen and the Lord of Pohja start a conjuring duel?

9. What does Annikki do when she sees Vainamoinen sailing for Pohja?

10. What happens when Vainamoinen disapproves of Joukahainen's stories?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does marriage and courtship play in the Kalevala? Cite three instances of marriage or courtship and describe the consequences of each. Does marriage settle or unsettle relationships between characters? Is it promising or threatening? What is at stake when someone proposes marriage?

Essay Topic 2

Enchantments and magic are commonplace throughout the Kalevala. Are they used for good or evil? Are good and evil even appropriate terms to describe the use of magic and enchantment. If good and evil are not the most appropriate terms, how would you describe the uses to which magic is put? Is magic simply a matter of convenience? Fear or desire? Power?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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