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 song does Louhi's child sing after Vainamoinen has completed the tasks?

2. What does Vainamoinen feel as he listens to Joukahainen's stories?

3. What does Vainamoinen do when Louhi offers him food?

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

5. What do Vainamoinen and Ilmarinen agree to do when they arrive where they are going?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of stories does Joukahainen tell?

3. How is Lemminkainen entertained at the wedding?

4. How does Vainamoinen kill the pike and what does he do with it after he kills it?

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

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

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

8. What tasks does the Maid of Pohja demand of Vainamoinen when he proposes to her?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On a number of occasions, children deliver important information in the Kalevala. Citing three examples from the text, describe the role of the child in the Kalevala.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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