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 happens when Lemmenkainen catches the elk?

2. What does the person who comes to meet Vainamoinen say that Vainamoinen's purpose is when he arrives back home?

3. What does Joukahainen shoot at Vainamoinen with?

4. Who cuts down the tree Vainamoinen plants?

5. What is Vainamoinen thinking about when the eagle rescues him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Ilmarinen end up with another of Louhi's daughters?

3. What happens after Vainamoinen is rescued by the eagle?

4. What do the people tell the Maid of Pohja about marriage?

5. How is Lemminkainen entertained at the wedding?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What rules govern hospitality in the Kalevala? Are guests expected to follow a certain code? Are hosts? What ties and what obligations bind them? Cite examples from the Kalevala to describe the guest-host bond in the Kalevala.

Essay Topic 2

Is there evidence of authorial inconsistency? Do the tales seem to flow as one overarching narrative, or are they a collection of different and contradictory stories? Do different stories teach different morals?

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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