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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 amazes Ibn about the hall?

2. What language do Herger and Ibn share?

3. Why does Ibn liken the Northmen to animals?

4. What kind of toast does Wiglif make to Buliwyf?

5. Why do the Northmen fear the item in question #55?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do the Northmen hold funeral rites for their leader?

4. What holds up Ibn's travels?

5. What do Buliwyf and his group find in a farmhouse and what does Buliwyf find there that he smashes?

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

7. What kind of man is Ibn, and how much has he traveled before this journey?

8. 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?

9. Why was Ibn chosen as the thirteenth warrior?

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

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. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Eaters of the Dead", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Eaters of the Dead". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Michael Crichton.

2. What in Crichton's background may have helped Crichton in writing "Eaters of the Dead"? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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