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. How many of Iring's men stand behind him before he does single-handed battle with Hagen?

2. Who stands guard over Gunther, his brothers, and the other nobles after the Midsummer's Eve festivities?

3. What does Hagen receive from Rudeger's wife?

4. What do the Burgundians do after the battle in the feast hall?

5. How does Kriemhild manipulate her knights to build their numbers in an effort to get a larger band of them to attack Hagen and Volker?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gunther and Siegfried share similarities and differences in their feelings for their new brides, the way they acquired these brides, and the experiences they have on the wedding night. Write an essay that compares and contrasts their early experiences and relationships with their new brides up to and including the wedding night. What do these differences contribute to the plot, tone, and mood of the poem?

Essay Topic 2

There are great differences between King Gunther and his most trusted adviser, Hagen. Neither one is exactly what is expected based on their roles as ruler and leigeman. This is evidenced clearly time after time in the poem. Compare and contrast Gunther and Hagen in at least three areas, including their reactions, choices, personal attributes, tendencies, behaviors, skills, or abilities. Use specific examples from the poem to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

After the Burgundians kill the Hunnish knights at the hall, the Burgundians prepare for the next battle by throwing the dead into a heap at the bottom of the stairs, thereby showing disrespect for the dead and for rules and custom. Write an essay that explains three reasons why the Burgundians would intentionally treat the dead and wounded in this manner. What do they accomplish? Provide examples from the poem to support your assertions.

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