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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What allows Lemminkainen, Vainamoinen, and Ilmarinen to pass through the waterfall?
2. Whose praises does Vainamoinen sing at Ilmarinen's home?
3. What does Lemminkainen say when he arrives at the wedding feast?
4. Who helps Louhi get her revenge for the theft of the Sampo?
5. What does Vainamoinen try to convince Ilmarinen to help him do?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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