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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 skill does Ibn say is most noticeable on the first leg of his journey with the Northmen?
(a) Their skills playing chess.
(b) Their fighting skills.
(c) Their sailing skills.
(d) Their ability to woo women.

2. What does Ibn notice the Northmen fear?
(a) Snow.
(b) Lightning.
(c) Sunshine.
(d) Fog.

3. What is the purpose of a Northman's burial ritual?
(a) To keep down disease.
(b) To send the dead man quickly to Paradise.
(c) So the poor in the community are taken care of by the dead.
(d) To help the wife grieve.

4. What does Ibn observe about the Vikings social customs?
(a) They have few long time rituals.
(b) They have no cohesive society.
(c) They have a strong sense of ritual.
(d) They have a very loose social structure.

5. How long are the Northmen on the river for the first leg of Ibn's journey?
(a) Two weeks.
(b) A month.
(c) Four days.
(d) One week.

Short Answer Questions

1. What town does Herger point out to Ibn when they are on the ship?

2. What type of houses do merchants of the Northmen use?

3. In what does Ibn record his journey?

4. What does Herger say is customary behavior for Vikings before a sea voyage?

5. What does Buliwyf think about waiting to be announced?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Trelburg.

2. Why was Ibn chosen as the thirteenth warrior?

3. What holds up Ibn's travels?

4. What does Herger ask Ibn about writing, how does Ibn respond and what upsets one of the warriors about writing?

5. Why is there no adultery among the Turks?

6. What does a boat that arrives bear and what is the message given to Buliwyf?

7. How long was Ibn gone, and how did he tell about his journey?

8. How does Ibn describe the Northmen?

9. Why did Ibn Fadlan go on a journey, who sent him, when did he go and what changed his original destination?

10. What do the Northmen merchants have to sell and where do they sell it?

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