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. Who comes after the Water-Mother prays for relief?

2. What does Lemminkainen do to press his suit?

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

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

5. What does Vainamoinen catch?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of stories does Joukahainen tell?

2. What happens when Vainamoinen goes to the underworld?

3. Describe Vainamoinen's birth.

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

5. What happens when Ilmarinen tried to fashion a new wife for himself?

6. What happens when Vainamoinen prays for someone to cut down the enormous oak?

7. What happens when Lemminkainen happens upon the home of Louhi on his way to Pohja?

8. What happens when Vainamoinen tells Aino to wear jewelry?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is there evidence of authorial inconsistency? Do the tales seem to flow as one overarching narrative, or are they a collection of different and contradictory stories? Do different stories teach different morals?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of animals and monsters in the Kalevala. Are they all of the same class, or are there different kinds of beasts? Citing three examples from the text, describe the nature and use of beasts and monsters in the Kalevala.

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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