Laxdaela Saga Test | Final 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. How old is Gudrun's son when she is ready to enact her plans?

2. When Bolli visits her, what does he want to learn about?

3. With whom does Gudrun trade houses with?

4. What is the name of Gudrun's son by her new husband chosen by Snorri?

5. Who is Gudrun's teacher that helps her develop her plan of revenge?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Kjartan refuses a gift from Bolli, what ensues?

2. What ugly fact about Gudrun's personality is revealed through the death of Kjartan?

3. What does Bolli do that surprises Kjartan?

4. What happens to Gellir in the final chapters of the book?

5. What does Thorgend do to avenge Kjartan's death?

6. What is the final prophecy regarding Gudrun?

7. What mysterious statement does Gudrun say about her love for her husbands and what does it mean?

8. When Thorgils stays at Helgi's estate, what does Helgi do?

9. What happens to Bolli, Gudrun's son in the final chapters of the book?

10. How does Thorgils get the help of other soldiers involved in Bolli's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in the Laxdaela Saga. Then cite an example to support each answer.

Essay Topic 2

At the onset of the saga, the medium Gest has four prophecies, all of which come true. It would appear that Gudrun has little choice in her life if it is completely guided by destiny or fate.

1. Do you think Gudrun's life is controlled by destiny? Do you think everyone's life is controlled by destiny? Why or why not?

2. Discuss whether destiny and free will can both exist in a world. Use examples to illustrate your arguments.

3. If fate or destiny was stronger than individual choice, discuss why would anyone work towards a goal. Use examples to illustrate your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of women in medieval Scandinavia in the twelfth century when the women in the Laxdaela Saga are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms, if any, did they have that 21st century women do not have?

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