Nibelungenlied 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. With what men does Siegfried plan to defeat Liudegast and Luidegar?

2. Where is Siegfried during the contest between Brunhild and Gunther?

3. Whose position does Kriemhild assume after she and Siegfried have been married for ten years?

4. Where does Kriemhild live?

5. Why is King Etzel concerned that Kriemhild will not marry him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Iring end up fighting Hagen alone?

2. What conditions do Kriemhild and Etzel offer Gunther and his men?

3. What does Siegfried say he is doing, and what is he really doing, while Gunther and Brunhild are engaging in a contest of strength?

4. What is Kriemhild's role in Gunther's suit of Brunhild?

5. What prior connections does Etzel have with Hagen?

6. How do Kriemhild's relatives convince her to stay among them when they allowed her beloved husband to be murdered?

7. What is the significance of Gunther's decision to send Siegfried ahead as a messenger to return word of his marriage with Brunhild?

8. What happens after Kriemhild decides to stay in Burgundy?

9. Why is Siegfried completely unarmed and without the protection of his own men when drinking from the stream, when the fatal blow to his vulnerable spot is struck by Hagen?

10. Describe Kriemhild's wedding festivities.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Repetition is an important characteristic in Das Nibelungenlied. There are various elements in the first half of the poem that are repeated in the second half. Write an essay that provides examples of three patterns that exist in the poem and explain what these patterns contribute to the plot, mood, theme, or other aspect of the poem. Use examples from the poem to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Iring identifies himself as a man who has abandoned himself to the pursuit of honor. Write an essay that explains what Iring shows the reader about honor. Write an essay to answer these questions:

Part 1: Which of his actions show that he is honorable? In light of those deeds, how does Iring appear to the reader when he runs to his kinsmen after being knocked unconscious? Why?

Part 2: Why does Iring returns to fight Hagen after he runs from the hall, wounding Hagen on the way out. Is he still exhibiting honorable behavior? Why or why not? Are his dying words honorable? Why or why not?

Use examples from the poem to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Knowing how the story ends, are Gunther and Gernot's action wise when they decide to introduce Kriemhild to Siegfried? Why or why not? What are the goals they want to achieve by the introduction of Kriemhild and Siegfried, and did they achieve them? Why or why not? Provide examples from the novel to support your argument.

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