Questions and Answers – Kriemhild’s Dream

1. Have you ever eaten beef cooked in a burgundy sauce?

Yes, I have.
No, I haven’t.

This question is not part of the story. It is about your personal experience.

Beef in burgundy sauce is beef bourguignon.

2. Is beauty more important than intelligence?

Yes, it is.
No, it isn’t.

3. Did she look forward to marriage?

Yes, she did.
No, she didn’t.

to look forward to something- to look on something with anticipation

4. Are you a daydreamer?

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.

5. Are there eagles in your country?

Yes, there are.
No, there are not.

6. What do you think it meant?

I think it meant what her mother said.
I think it meant that her husband would die a violent death.

It didn’t mean anything.

I have no idea what it meant.

7. Is violent crime a problem in your city?

Yes, it is.
No, it isn’t.

8. Does everybody die?

This is a rhetorical question. It does not require an answer. It means:

But everybody has to die!
But everybody must die!
But we all must die!
But death is the end of us all.
Death of the body is inevitable.

The answer is:

Yes, everybody does.
No, everybody does not.
No, not everybody does.

but in a conversation you may not hear the answer with the answer with the question because it is a rhetorical question.

9. Is it possible to cheat fate?

This is another complex philosophical question in present simple tense. Look at these answers:

Yes, it is.
No, it isn’t.

I don’t believe in fate.
I don’t believe in destiny.
I don’t believe that things are destined to happen.
i don’t believe that things are preordained.

Do you believe in freedom?

10. Would you have done the same thing if you were in her situation?

Yes, I would.
No, I would not. – No, I wouldn’t.

Yes, I would have.
No, I wouldn’t have.

This s a conditional question. It is outside the story but it is about the story. It is asking you about a hypothetical situation. It is asking you to imagine. It is asking you to imagine that you are a person in the story.

Actually you do that all the time in an interactive story but this conditional form is the formal way of asking a person to imagine something and asking them what they would do in that situation.

What would you do if you were her?
What would you have done if you had been her?

11. Is love the strongest power in the universe?

Yes, it is.
No, it isn’t.

What power is stronger than love?

Is the power of hate stronger than the power of love or is hate just twisted love ..perverted love?

12. Is cream fattening?

This question is totally unrelated to the story. It is bizarre. It is connected to the story only by the use of the word “cream” which has the same pronunciation as the first syllable in Kriemhild’s name.

Cream is a dairy product. Do you drink milk? Is there a lot of cream in your diet? Are you fat? Is cream fattening?

“To fatten” is a transitive (or intransitive) verb:

Cream fattens. (Cream makes you fat.)
Cream fattens people who eat it. (Cream makes people who eat it fat.)

Follow the Present Simple Tense paradigm to see how the natural processes work:

Cream fattens.
Water does not fatten.

Milk spoils.
Water does not spoil.

Water evaporates.
Cream does not evaporate.

Cream turns into cheese.
Water does not turn into cheese.

Yes, it.
No, it isn’t.

Did you say that cream is not fattening? Everybody knows that it is. There is really only one answer.

Yes, it is. cream is fattening.

No, it is not.
It is not necessarily.
Cream is not necessarily fattening.
Cream does not have to be fattening.
If you eat the right amount.
If you eat the right amount for your body weight and body type.
If you eat the right amount for your body weight and body type, it does not have to be fattening.

A little cream is not fattening.

Technically cream is a fat product.
Cream fattens.
Cream makes you fat.

What do you think?

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13. Are you a beautician?

I am a beautician.

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.

I was a beautician.

I used to be.
I used to be a beautician.

I want to be a beautician.

I would like to be.
I would like to be a beautician.

I want to be a beautician so i can work with beautiful people.
But beauticians work with ugly people ….?

14. At what age does a girl become a woman?

In Australia a girl becomes a woman when she is eighteen. That means she can do anything that she likes without the consent of her parents after her eighteenth birthday.

At what age does a boy become a man?

Is it the same in your country?

15. Do you believe in fate?

Yes, I do.
No, I don’t.

I believe in a kind of mixture of the two of them. A combination. Kind of like we think we have free will but everything is fated to happen in a general kind of way but we get to control the details.

We have a destiny but we can never know what it is.

How can you know that?

16. What is the difference between love and infatuation?

Love is the real thing but infatuation is an illusion.

Love lasts but infatuation does not last.

Love stands the test of time but infatuation only lasts for a short time.

Love lasts but infatuation does not stand the test of time.

The problem is that love and infatuation feel the same.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote that love and cholera have the same symptoms.

When you are in love you do not know if it is really love or just infatuation.

Afterwards you find out it was only infatuation but it felt like love at the time. It is embarrassing.

17. Do you mind if I open the window?

This is another use of the word “mind”. The two words have the same pronunciation:

He could not get her out of his mind. (noun)
Do you mind if I open the window. (verb)

18. Are you wearing high heels?

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.

This question is unrelated to the story but it is related to the text in that the word “heels” occurs.

To fall “head over heels” is to fall upside down (feet up and head down) – to fall over completely.

To fall head over heels in love is an idiom.

I fell head over heels in love with her.
I fell head over heels in love with him.
He feel head over heels in love with her.
She fell head over heels in love with him.

19. Does that surprise you?

Yes, it does.
No, it does not.

20. Had she been in love before?

Yes, she had.
No, she had not.

This past perfect tense question shows an events that happened before the current stream of narrative.

a stream of narrative
this stream of narrative
this current stream of narrative

another stream of narrative
an earlier stream of narrative
a previous stream of narrative

It takes the story back to an earlier stream of narrative. It takes the story back to an earlier time. It asks about the time in her life before now.

Was she in love before?
Had she been in love before?

The first sentence would not take us out of this stream of narrative. We need the past perfect tense to take us out of this stream of narrative and back to an earlier stream of narrative so we can get background information about Kriemhild.

21. Which is more important to you, bravery, strength or loyalty?

This question uses three nouns which have been formed from adjectives.

nouns which have been formed from adjectives
statues which have been formed from wet clay
clothes which have been made from hemp

brave (courageous) – bravery (courage)
strong – strength (fortitude)
loyal (trustworthy) – loyalty (trustworthiness)

Bravery is lack of fear.

Strength is the ability to endure.
Strength is the ability to persevere.

Loyalty is the quality of being on course for one’s original stated destination. It is the quality of being unwavering.

What use is a fearless and strong man who betrays you?
What good is a fearless and powerful ally who betrays you?

brave – bravery
strong – strength
loyal – loyalty

What do you think? Which quality do you rate higher?

He was handsome. He was quiet. He was diligent.

22. Of those three, which is the most important to you?

handsome – having good looks (being good-looking)
quiet – being quiet – quietness
diligent – diligence – being hardworking

23. Which of those three would you rank as more important?

modest – modesty
kind – kindness
tolerant – tolerance

I would rate kindness very highly.

I would also rate tolerance very highly.

Modesty is important.

I would probably rate kindness the highest.

Kindness is more important than anything else.

Kindness and compassion are more important than anything else.

24. Do you believe in the possibility of perfection?

Yes, I do.
No, I don’t.

25. Is god perfect?

Yes, he is.
No, he is not.
Yes, she is.
No, she is not.

26. Are you married?

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.

I am separated.
I am divorced.
I am single.
I am on my third marriage.
I am just living with someone.


The Story of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer and of his Beautiful Wife, Kriemhild and of his Tragic Murder and of her Terrible Revenge

Title Page
1. Nibelung’s Gold
2. Siegfried the Dragon Slayer
3. Kriemhild’s Dream
4. Siegfried’s Trip to Worms
5. The Plan to win the Hand of Bruenhild
6. Bruenhild’s Suspicion
7. Hagen’s Plan
8. Kriemhild’s Revenge
9. Epilogue : The Gold at the Bottom of the River and the Ring of Power

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