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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 is the differences between Ibn's observations of the Vikings and the general European view of them at that time?

2. What does Buliwyf find in his destroyed village?

3. Who foretells the mists will come the night after the feast?

4. What does Thorkel want to do with Ibn?

5. What is the first information given about Ibn?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the warriors do when they reach a region of caves?

2. What does Ibn learn about Thorkel during the burial rites?

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

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

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

6. Describe Trelburg.

7. How does Chapter One begin and what does the writer say about himself?

8. How does Ibn describe the rivers where he travels?

9. What do the Northmen do the night they visited the dwarfs, and why does Ibn decide to join with them?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in this book. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Eaters of the Dead". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Who is a coward? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Eaters of the Dead". What is Ibn's view of tradition? Guliwyf's view? Herger's? Why is death important to some characters? How is Ibn's view of death different than Buliwyf ?

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Eaters of the Dead" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why the book is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Eaters of the Dead is? Explain your response.

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