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 Markahattu do to Lemmenkainen?

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

3. What does Vainamoinen do when he agrees to take what Joukahainen offers?

4. Who collects the chips that come from cutting down the tree Vainamoinen plants?

5. What story does the Storyteller tell first?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after Kullervo slaughters Untamo's family?`

2. How does Vainamoinen kill the pike and what does he do with it after he kills it?

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

4. How is Lemminkainen entertained at the wedding?

5. How does Vainamoinen convince Vipunen to tell him the three magic words?

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

7. What kind of stories does Joukahainen tell?

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

9. What does the Maid of Pohja dream, and what does her dream signify?

10. What does Vainamoinen suggest when the Old Man says that Marjetta's son must be tested before he can be baptized?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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