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 go fishing for in part 5?

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

3. What does the character who was not banished do after all the others are banished from the room by Lemmenkainen?

4. What story does Aino's mother tell her when Aino is upset about marrying?

5. Who helps Lemmenkainen capture the elk after his snowshoes break?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Vainamoinen go down to the underworld?

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

4. Describe Vainamoinen's birth.

5. Describe Lemminkainen's courtship of Kyllikki.

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

7. What story does Anio's mother tell her to make her feel better about marrying Vainamoinen?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several characters tell stories in the Kalevala. What makes a good story? What makes a bad story? What are the rewards or consequences of telling a good or bad story? Does the Kalevala itself meet its own criteria for a good story? How does the poetic form of the Kalevala contribute to its value as a story?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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