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. What does Kriemhild tell the minister when she is reviling Kriemhild?

2. Who carries Kriemhild's message to Gunther?

3. What finally wins Kriemhild's consent to marry Etzel?

4. Why does Hagen not want to go with Siegfried and Kriemhild?

5. In whom does Kriemhild take comfort as she makes her decision about where to live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Dietrich asks for permission to take his leave of the battle between Gunther and the Hunnish warriors. Whom does he take with him by permission of Gunther?

2. Describe Siegfried.

3. What gifts are exchanged upon Folker's engagement to Rudeger's daughter?

4. Why does Hagen tell Gunther and the rest of the warriors that he tried so hard to drown the priest?

5. Describe Siegfried's fight with Ludeger.

6. Why does Hagen want the Nibelungers' treasure to be taken away from Kriemhild?

7. What happens when Dietrich hears the cry that goes up when Rudeger is killed?

8. Why does Hagen refuse to reveal to Kriemhild where Siegfried's treasure is sunk?

9. How does Kriemhild end up being killed?

10. What happens when Bloedelin confronts Hagen and his men?

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

Compare and contrast Siegfried and Hagen as warriors and as characters. How are they described differently? How are they similar?

Essay Topic 3

What is the economy of the Nibelungenlied? What things are exchanged, and what is offered in return for gifts? Give three examples of gift exchanges in which more than goods change hands.

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