Nibelungenlied 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. What does Giselher do to Iring when they fight?

2. What does Volker do when a Hunnish margrave attempts to carry away a wounded countryman?

3. How many warriors die in the second round of fighting?

4. What does Dietrich do in the fighting in the feast hall?

5. Who vows to keep watch over Gunther's sleeping men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kriemhild regrets giving information about Siegfried's vulnerable spot to Hagen, yet instead of telling Siegfried what she has done, she couches her warnings in dream images. Write an essay to explain the following:

Part 1: Explain why Kriemhild does not tell Siegfried outright about the information that she divulges to Hagen.

Part 2: Explain why Kriemhild tells Siegfried of dreams that portend an attempt against his life and doom that hides him from her.

Use specific examples from the poem to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

In Das Nibelungenlied, women frequently are shown to have dreams, prophesies, or premonitions of doom or distrust, yet they are almost universally ignored by the men. Select three examples of women's contributions that are ignored by the men and write an essay to explain why they should or should not have been heeded. Use examples from the poem to support your assertions.

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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