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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. ______ suggests that Thor might try lifting his cat, according to the book's content.
2. The dwarf is still in Thor's hall when ______, , according to the myth.
3. Loddfafnir speaks the wisdom he received from looking in the ________.
4. Loki can earn his release if he brings _______ without his magic belt.
5. Balder's wife _______ , falls dead from a broken heart.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Odin trick Hrungnir into doing when they are engaging in a contest to see whose horse is faster?
2. How will Hod receive vengeance for killing Balder, according to the words of the seeress?
3. What is the warning that Thor gives to those who eat the meat he has provided for the dinner?
4. Why didn't Frigg get a promise from the mistletoe to not harm Balder in any way?
5. Why does Geirrod believe that the falcon is actually someone in disguise when he sees the falcon in his land?
6. Hel tells Hermond that she will release Balder when what happens?
7. What does the dwarf do to the red gold which Loki uses to heal the otter which he has killed?
8. What does Hrungnir propose when Thor comes to battle him for drinking out of his horns?
9. What does Hasbard give as a reason for Thor to hurry home to be with his wife?
10. How did the giant king prevent his visitors from winning any of the contests of strength?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Love seems to cause people in the myths to do things which might seem rash and over the top.
Part 1: Why do you think love causes the gods to act in peculiar ways?
Part 2: How do you think love might make a god do something that may not be rational?
Part 3: Do you think that love always makes people do irrational things?
Essay Topic 2
The gods seem to make a number of deals with each other in order to get what they want, though they tend to deceive each other.
Part 1: Why do you think the gods try to make deals with each other instead of just fighting for what they want?
Part 2: Do you think the gods should ever trust each other, given their interactions?
Part 3: How do you think the stories impact those who read them when they see that deals aren't always as clear cut as they seem?
Essay Topic 3
The opening of the book begins as it normally should - with the idea of how the world was created.
Part 1: Why do you think the stories of creation are so important in various cultures?
Part 2: How do you think the world was created according to your own personal beliefs?
Part 3: How do you think the world might have changed for the Norse had their world begun differently?
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