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 Lemminkainen do to press his suit?

2. What is happening when the Water-Mother experiences an upsurge of energy?

3. What does Lemmenkainen's mother ask of Ilmarinen?

4. What does Vainamoinen feel as he listens to Joukahainen's stories?

5. How does Jourkahainen feel toward Vainamoinen in part 6 of the Kalevala?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of stories does Joukahainen tell?

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

4. What happens to the chips that come from cutting down the mighty oak?

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

6. Who tries to play the kantele Vainamoinen makes?

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

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

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

10. How does Ilmarinen's wife express her distaste for Kullervo?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What glimpses do you get into the everyday lives of the Finns who composed the Kalevala? What was their life like? What did they value, and what were they afraid of? What technologies did they have? What gods did they believe in? What customs did they follow?

Essay Topic 3

What information, what natural phenomena, and what morals does the Kalevala teach? Use examples from the text to describe what the Kalevala teaches and how it delivers each kind of knowledge.

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