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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of Jacob Olafson's boat?
(a) Sandwashed.
(b) Scallop.
(c) Seashell.
(d) Seagone.

2. What are the Varingers fed on a daily basis?
(a) Bear, goose and wild duck.
(b) Sturgeon and wild geese.
(c) Moose, elk and wolf meat.
(d) Bread, cheese, olives and beer.

3. What do the knight and his squire eat on the way to their destination in Chapter 2?
(a) Scottish shortbread, tea and crumpets.
(b) Fresh boar, pork sausage and soft white biscuits.
(c) Oatmeal, salt herring and whatever they can find on the road.
(d) Dried bear meat, cherries and hot scones.

4. Who does Jacob Olafson bring back with him to Norday Island?
(a) John, his son.
(b) Mara, a seal wife.
(c) Rena, an Indian from Canada.
(d) Will, his father.

5. What is the place named Ingle?
(a) County seat.
(b) Ragnarson's farm.
(c) Village store.
(d) Harbor bar.

Short Answer Questions

1. What keeps Thorfinn awake during church services?

2. Who are the Varingers?

3. Why can't the Vikings return to Sweden?

4. Why does Thorfinn miss the great battle at Stirling Castle?

5. What sea does the Volga empty into?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the family situation of Matthew Ragnarson at the beginning of the book?

2. Why is the horse, Seamus, killed on the road to Stirling Castle?

3. Why does the author call the gathering at the Norday blacksmith shop "the village parliament?"

4. What does the title of chapter 3 refer to?

5. What do the family and friends of Jacob Olafson do when the old man dies?

6. When and where does Old Jacob Olafson die?

7. What brings Jacob Olafson's wife Rena out of her fearful, furtive ways and back into life?

8. What is the scripture reading that the pastor from the Borders, Reverend Hector Drummond, saying?

9. Why does Thorfinn not know what the circular ruin is that stands on the shore a mere half mile from his home?

10. What is Mr. Harcourt-Smithers place within the island community?

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