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 sound does Vainamoinen find sad after he goes fishing?

2. What does Vainamoinen tell the living creatures after he returns from the Underworld?

3. What was the Water-Mother's name before she became the Water-Mother?

4. What does Vainamoinen answer when he is asked where he is sailing to?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Vainamoinen tries to help the oak grow?

2. What does the storyteller describe in the introductory stanzas?

3. Describe Lemminkainen's courtship of Kyllikki.

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

5. How do Joukahainen's mother and sister feel about the deal Joukahainen struck with Vainamoinen?

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

7. How does Louhi ensure that there will be enough beer?

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

9. How does Ilmarinen fix the destruction caused by the light the Creator sent down to earth when the sun and moon were stolen?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do the characters in the Kalevala show personal growth over the course of the tales? Do they simply represent eternal personalities? Are they unchanging gods, or are they human beings who learn and grow? Answer with specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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