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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Ibn say about the size of the Northmen?

2. What does Ibn say when the interpreter explains the Northmen's fear?

3. What is the purpose of a Northman's burial ritual?

4. How prevalent is adultery among the Oguz?

5. What does Ibn do where they stop?

Short Essay Questions

1. What trouble are the Northmen experiencing when Ibn meets them?

2. What does Crichton say about Ibn's observations of the Vikings?

3. What is the river Gayih like and what happens when Ibn crosses it?

4. What holds up Ibn's travels?

5. What does Ibn do about leaving at the beginning of Chapter Five, and how does he feel about his journey with the Northmen?

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

7. What does Ibn and his party see as they walk towards Rothgar's Hall and how do the Viking warriors feel about it?

8. Describe Trelburg.

9. How is the Northmen's fear explained to Ibn?

10. What does Ibn note about the difference between the people at Trelburg and the Northmen and what does he find out there about the troubles at Rothgar's Hall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadowing? Would you consider the example in the above paragraph foreshadowing? Why or why not? Include examples from the book to illustrate your answer.

2. Discuss another example of foreshadowing in "Eaters of the Dead" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the text.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Eaters of the Dead". Questions that Crichton most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Crichton's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Crichton's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Crichton and if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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