Midterm Review

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. The midterm will take place on Monday, March 1 st . 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 (demonology), then what was believed to be the source(s) of their power? 2. According to Ivanits, what was the most significant identifying mark for the witch in popular belief? 3. By what physical characteristics, behaviors, 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; explain. 7. What was the difference between “willing,” “unwilling,” and “born” sorcerers? Name two different ways by which an individual could become a “willing” sorcerer. 8.
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2010 for the course RUSS 2231 taught by Professor Ragland,ka during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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