RFT Final Review

RFT Final Review - RUSS 2231 Fairytales of Russia 2008...

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RUSS 2231 Fairytales of Russia 2008 Final Review Bylini 1. Explain three distinctive features which characterize a traditional bylina. Feature heroes( bogatyrs ) possessed of outstanding qualities Portray events (especially battles) or exploits of “epic” proportion Serial Nature -a lot of the bylinas feature the same hero or same scene(pattern scene) Begins in middle of action 2. What defines a bylina of the “Mythological” Cycle? What defines a bylina of the “Kievan” Cycle? Give an example of each type which you have read. Mythological-very pagan, before Kiev was prevelant, no historical refrence, based on myths Kievan Cycle(Prince Vladmir prominent)-centers around the capital of Kiev, bogatyrs, involves tartars/ Mongols, Ilya Muromets Kievan Cycle Ilya Mermotz-revolves around Vladmir, enemy is Tatar Mythological Cycle ilya marmots baba yaga 3. By what evidence is it obvious that Volkh Vseslavevich is a sorcerer, in the bylina in which he appears? He can change form, mother conceives him by being touched by a snake 4. What is the bogatyr’s sworn duty (e.g., what does he promise to defend)? sworn to defend prince, church, and Russian land 5. How does the bylina differ from the Russian “Wondertale” (fairytale)? Refer to differences between the heroes and the plot, stylistic differences, and structural elements. Historical context within bylina, not in wondertales Heroes- Exhibit qualities that have no parallel, but usually lack supernatural attributes Style- orally sung, a poetic song Bylina-often there is a foreign army that is a re-occurring character, no set enemy in wondertale Hero(bogatyr vs. peasant) Repetition in bylina Bylina starts in middle of action 6. If the bylina were recorded in fishing villages in far northern Russia, how can one explain the fact that their content often describes Kievan court life? Explain. originated in the court of Kiev @ end of 9 th century Skomorokhs-traveling orators that would recite bylinas 7. Who is the prince who sends bogatyrs on great missions in the bylini? Is he an actual historical figure? Explain. Vladmir, yes he was an influential prince in Kiev, but is not necessarily accurately reflect in the bylina 8. Discuss the relationship between the bylina and actual history, making reference to their use of historical personalities and events. Loosely based on historical fact may have the names of historical figures or illusions to historical events, but the characters are not necessarily accurately reflected nor are the historical events Vladmir, Mongol War lose but say they win Soviet Fairytales 9. In “How Lenin and the Tsar Divided Up the People,” Lenin claims to have a “word” to use on the
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common people: what does it have the power to do? Has the ability to take all of his soldiers and turn all the blue-bloods into dust and throw them into the
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2009 for the course BCOR 1010 taught by Professor Latier,jef during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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