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 tell the living creatures after he returns from the Underworld?

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

3. What does the Storyteller tell us in the first stanzas?

4. Who ultimately helps Louhi do what she wants done?

5. What happens when Lemmenkainen catches the elk?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Lemminkainen and the Lord of Pohja start a conjuring duel?

2. How is Lemminkainen entertained at the wedding?

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

4. What happens when Ilmarinen finds that his new bride has amused herself with another man while Ilmarinen was sleeping?

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

6. Describe Lemminkainen's courtship of Kyllikki.

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

8. Who tries to play the kantele Vainamoinen makes?

9. What happens when Lemminkainen decides to go to the wedding?

10. What happens when the Daughter of the Air comes to earth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What role does marriage and courtship play in the Kalevala? Cite three instances of marriage or courtship and describe the consequences of each. Does marriage settle or unsettle relationships between characters? Is it promising or threatening? What is at stake when someone proposes marriage?

Essay Topic 3

Many times characters sing praises for the Creator, but there are also many cases where characters create things themselves. How are the characters' creations celebrated or recognized? What kinds of creation are reserved for the Creator? Do any of the characters try to overstep the limits of their creative abilities? Using examples from the text, describe creations in the Kalevala.

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