Kalevala Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tells Kullervo that his family still lives while he is wandering through the forest?

2. Who tells the Maid of Pohja about how her life will be different once she is married?

3. Whom does Lemminkainen seek out to help him get revenge on the armies that had pursued him?

4. How does Kullervo perform his tasks on the family farm?

5. What does Ilmarinen make to help him achieve the task he wants Vainamoinen to help him with?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is the Kalevala for children or for adults? Is it for everyone? Use examples from the tales to describe what the Kalevala offers for either audience.

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

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.

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