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 ride on his journey?

2. What does Lemmenkainen decide to do after he is reassembled and brought back to life?

3. What does Joukahainen offer Vainamoinen after Vainamoinen listens to his story?

4. How does this lumberjack cut down such an enormous tree?

5. What does Joukahainen's mother tell him about shooting Vainamoinen?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Lemminkainen's mother brings him back to life.

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

3. What happens after Vainamoinen tells the old man the story of the iron?

4. How does Louhi get revenge for the loss of the Sampo?

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

6. Describe Lemminkainen's courtship of Kyllikki.

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

8. Who tries to play the kantele Vainamoinen makes?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the Kalevala describe women? What range of roles do women play? What range of roles do men play? Is there ever any overlap or play with roles? Is Louhi ever masculine? Is Vainamoinen ever feminine?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of animals and monsters in the Kalevala. Are they all of the same class, or are there different kinds of beasts? Citing three examples from the text, describe the nature and use of beasts and monsters in the Kalevala.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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