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 sets out the series of tasks Vainamoinen must complete if he is going to marry?

2. Where does the eagle take Vainamoinen when it rescues him?

3. What happens when the eagle drops Vainamoinen?

4. Where does Vainamoinen's mother suggest he look for a bride?

5. Whom does Lemminkainen resolve to win?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What tasks does the Maid of Pohja demand of Vainamoinen when he proposes to her?

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

5. Why does Vainamoinen go down to the underworld?

6. What happens when Vainamoinen disapproves of Joukahainen's stories?

7. How do Vainamoinen and Ilmarinen liberate the sun and moon from the cave?

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

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

10. How is Lemminkainen entertained at the wedding?

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

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.

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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