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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the number thirteen correspond to in Viking lore?
(a) The number of Viking tribes.
(b) The number of Viking gods.
(c) The number of full moons in a year.
(d) The number of enemy a man must kill to be a warrior.

2. Where is a dead Northman's body placed?
(a) On a ship.
(b) Put into a stone tomb.
(c) Burned in the trees.
(d) Buried in the ground.

3. What is the name of the Northmen's leader?
(a) HIdleman.
(b) Scanmeade.
(c) Wyglif.
(d) Trophif.

4. What is said in the introduction about Ibn's writing style?
(a) It is very descriptive.
(b) It is very poetic.
(c) It may seem strange to readers.
(d) It reads like fiction.

5. In what does Ibn record his journey?
(a) An official court document.
(b) In the university scolls.
(c) A book.
(d) In his diary.

6. Who meets the warriors as they arrive at Rothgar's hall?
(a) A beautiful woman.
(b) A spy.
(c) A scout.
(d) A herald.

7. What does Ibn think about the way the Northmen think about the number thirteen?
(a) He has given it no thought.
(b) They are wrong according to Ibn's religion.
(c) They are irrationally superstitious.
(d) They make sense.

8. Why are Ibn and his party taken captive?
(a) They have not paid the wheel wright.
(b) They practice the wrong religion.
(c) They are thought to carry the plague.
(d) They are thought to be spies.

9. What kind of toast does Wiglif make to Buliwyf?
(a) He makes no toast.
(b) The traditional toast to a man about to die.
(c) One that has both praise and insult.
(d) A very long, rambling toast.

10. What are the funeral practices for a man of repute in the Oguz?
(a) He is burned on a pyre.
(b) He is hung in the trees.
(c) He is buried a large pit with all his possessions.
(d) He is encased in a stone tomb.

11. What does Ibn list in his narrative?
(a) The people he is supposed to meet.
(b) How long each leg of the journey will take.
(c) Items to be taken with him.
(d) The amount of money needed for the food.

12. What does the interpreter say to Ibn's comment?
(a) He explains it has to do with their gods.
(b) He says that it always kills someone.
(c) He does not explain the Northmen.
(d) He agrees that all men are afraid of something.

13. What is Buliwyf ask to do?
(a) Give the crown to Thorkel.
(b) Accompany Ibn to Rome.
(c) Battle a fierce monster.
(d) Build a new ship for the king.

14. Why does Ibn's party stop after they leave the Oguz?
(a) Ibn is sick.
(b) One of their wagons has broken.
(c) They are refused passage by a man.
(d) A horse has gone lame.

15. How many times has Ibn traveled away from his home city before this journey?
(a) Five times.
(b) Twice.
(c) Once.
(d) Never

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Buliwyf find in his destroyed village?

2. What is the position of the man in question #15?

3. How is a man's possessions handled in the Northmen culture when he dies?

4. What sits on top of the earth wall encircling Trelburg?

5. How long are the Northmen on the river for the first leg of Ibn's journey?

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