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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. About what people does Ibn begin writing about in Chapter Two?

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

3. What does Thorkel want to do with Ibn?

4. Who does not go with Ibn on his journey with the Northmen?

5. How does the religious beliefs of the people from question #25 and Ibn's people compare?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Buliwyf tell Ibn and ask him to do?

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

3. What does Ibn think of Rothgar's Hall when he first sees it and what does Herger say about the hall?

4. What does Ibn see as the wendol approach at night and what does he think it is?

5. What do the riders see when they look down on an encampment?

6. How does Ibn describe the Northmen?

7. What do Herger and Ibn think of each others' religion?

8. How does Ibn meet up and get to know a Northwoman?

9. How does Ibn feel when he looks at the cliffs, what does he tell Herger and what does Herger tell him?

10. Where does Ibn awake after the battle and what does he see as he walks across the compound?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Eaters of the Dead" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

The Northmen realize they are often gone at sea for long periods of time and with little hope of return. Because of their lifestyle, they do not expect their women to remain chaste. Although Ibn Fadlan views the behavior of the Northmen as uncouth, the reader may begin to realize that in many aspects the Northmen have a very practical approach to life.

1. How do you think the fact that Northmen are gone from their families for long periods of time might affect their culture? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Does the fact that the Northmen do not expect them women to remain chaste seem to be a very modern idea? Why or why not? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss ways in which you have noticed the Northmen taking a practical approach to life. Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your research to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes "Eaters of the Dead" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ibn. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Buliwyf. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Herger. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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