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 Markahattu do to Lemmenkainen?

2. What does the water mother's baby do when he is born?

3. Where does Joukahainen find Vainamoinen?

4. Which tree does Vainamoinen leave standing?

5. What does Lemmenkainen do when his happiness with Kyllikki ends?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Vainamoinen heal his people from Louhi's revenge?

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

6. What happens when Joukahainen finally spots Vainamoinen crossing the ocean?

7. Describe how Vainamoinen and Ilmarinen court the Maid of Pohja.

8. What happens when Ilmarinen finds that his new bride has amused herself with another man while Ilmarinen was sleeping?

9. What reputation does Vainamoinen acquire over time?

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

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

On several occasions, characters lie about their intentions before they finally tell the truth. What role does lying play in the Kalevala, and how do characters arrive at the truth? How are characters tricked or misled? Is misdirection always found out, or do characters get away with their lies? Cite examples from the text as you answer.

Essay Topic 3

Do the characters in the Kalevala show personal growth over the course of the tales? Do they simply represent eternal personalities? Are they unchanging gods, or are they human beings who learn and grow? Answer with specific examples from the text.

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