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 Joukahainen do when he meets Vainamoinen?

2. What does Aino do in response to Vainamoinen's request?

3. What does Louhi do when she finds Vainamoinen?

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

5. How does Jourkahainen feel toward Vainamoinen in part 6 of the Kalevala?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who tries to play the kantele Vainamoinen makes?

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

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

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

7. What happens after Kullervo slaughters Untamo's family?`

8. What kind of stories does Joukahainen tell?

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

10. How is Lemminkainen entertained at the wedding?

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

Describe three transformations in the Kalevala. How do characters change shape or take different forms? Which characters have this ability? Which do not? How would you characterize this power of transformation? Is it merely a narrative ploy, or were there characters in Finnish culture who were once supposed to have had this power?

Essay Topic 3

Are Lemmenkainen, Vainamoinen, and Ilmarinen heroes or gods? Are they immortal and fixed like constellations in their personalities? Or are they people who are larger than life because of their deeds and personalities? Cite examples from the text that support one argument or the other.

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