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. Which tree does Vainamoinen leave standing?

2. How does Aino's mother console her when Aino is crying about marrying Vainamoinen?

3. Who helps Lemmenkainen's mother reassemble Lemmenkainen's body?

4. What does the person who comes to meet Vainamoinen say that Vainamoinen's purpose is when he arrives back home?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens when Lemminkainen sees the fires from Pohja?

5. Describe Lemminkainen's courtship of Kyllikki.

6. Describe Vainamoinen's birth.

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

8. How does Vainamoinen convince Ilmarinen to help him steal the Sampo in Pohja?

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

10. How is the ox prepared for the wedding feast?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What rules govern hospitality in the Kalevala? Are guests expected to follow a certain code? Are hosts? What ties and what obligations bind them? Cite examples from the Kalevala to describe the guest-host bond in the Kalevala.

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

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.

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