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. Where does Joukahainen find Vainamoinen?

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

3. Which tree does Vainamoinen leave standing?

4. Where does the Storyteller get his story?

5. Who comes after the Water-Mother prays for relief?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What story does Anio's mother tell her to make her feel better about marrying Vainamoinen?

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

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

7. How does Ilmarinen end up with another of Louhi's daughters?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Is there evidence of authorial inconsistency? Do the tales seem to flow as one overarching narrative, or are they a collection of different and contradictory stories? Do different stories teach different morals?

Essay Topic 3

Which parts of these tales are particular to their culture and their times? Which parts of these tales are eternal and apply to every human being? Using examples from the text, describe the culture that created these tales. And describe the timeless human nature that created the other parts of them.

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