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. Whom does Lemminkainen resolve to win?

2. What does Vainamoinen do when he is listening to Joukahainen's stories?

3. What does Lemminkainen tell his bride when he arrives where he takes her?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Vainamoinen's birth.

3. What reputation does Vainamoinen acquire over time?

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

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

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

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

8. What happens when Lemminkainen happens upon the home of Louhi on his way to Pohja?

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

10. How does the Storyteller describe the purpose of his stories at the end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Are Lemmenkainen, Vainamoinen, and Ilmarinen heroes or gods? Are they immortal and fixed like constellations in their personalities? Or are they people who are larger than life because of their deeds and personalities? Cite examples from the text that support one argument or the other.

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