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 the water mother's baby do when he is born?

2. Who is not banished from the fire by Lemmenkainen's magical songs?

3. Why does Vipunen ultimately tell Vainamoinen what he wants to know?

4. Who collects the chips that come from cutting down the tree Vainamoinen plants?

5. What is Vainamoinen missing as he works with the wood Sampsa brought him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Louhi get revenge for the loss of the Sampo?

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

3. Describe how Lemminkainen's mother brings him back to life.

4. How does Ilmarinen's wife express her distaste for Kullervo?

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

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

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

8. What does Louhi say she wants in return for giving Vainamoinen safe passage home?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is the Kalevala for children or for adults? Is it for everyone? Use examples from the tales to describe what the Kalevala offers for either audience.

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

What kind of justice applies in the Kalevala? Is murder always punished? Is theft always punished? Is the justice always the same or does it vary? Citing examples from the text, describe justice in the Kalevala.

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