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Midterm review - RUSS 2231 Fairytales of Russia Midterm...

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RUSS 2231 Fairytales of Russia Midterm Review The following questions will appear on the midterm either in short-answer or multiple-choice form. Be prepared to answer each question in full: all questions are addressed in your lecture notes and/or in the assigned lecture or recitation readings. Important Notes : Midterm is Monday, March 3 , and is worth 20% of your final grade . You MUST take the midterm in the section for which you are enrolled. Sorcerers, Witches, and Magic Healers 1. If, according to Ivanits, the peasants did not attribute the power of a sorcerer or a witch to the devil, then what was believed to be the source of their power? Explain your answer. 2. According to Ivanits, what was the most significant identifying mark for the witch in popular belief? 3. By what physical characteristics, activities, possessions, or other signs could one identify a sorcerer or witch? List and describe at least 5 such signs. 4. Referring to Ivanits, (a) define the term volkhv , (b) describe the role that the volkhv played in ancient Russia, and (c) explain why and at what times people would turn to him. 5. List and describe three distinct ways in which a magic healer (znakhar) was different from a sorcerer (koldun). 6. Referring to Ivanits, name three professions or occupations that were often associated with occult powers. Also, you must explain why this was so. 7. Name two distinctly different ways by which an individual could become a willing sorcerer. 8. How might one destroy a sorcerer? How could a person otherwise render a (living) sorcerer powerless (without necessarily killing him)? List and describe three distinct methods. 9.
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