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 ask Aino to do for him when they are walking through the forest together?

2. What does Louhi do when she finds Vainamoinen?

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

4. Where does the Storyteller get his story?

5. How does this lumberjack cut down such an enormous tree?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Lemminkainen's courtship of Kyllikki.

2. How does Ilmarinen fix the destruction caused by the light the Creator sent down to earth when the sun and moon were stolen?

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

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

5. How does Kullervo end up being sold to Ilmarinen?

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

7. What reputation does Vainamoinen acquire over time?

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

9. How does Vainamoinen heal his people from Louhi's revenge?

10. What does Vainamoinen tell his friends when he arrives home?

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

What information, what natural phenomena, and what morals does the Kalevala teach? Use examples from the text to describe what the Kalevala teaches and how it delivers each kind of knowledge.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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