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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. Upon what river do several men and horses perish?

2. How long was Ibn gone?

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

4. What does Ibn say when he is writing about something he saw?

5. What is the name of the Northmen's leader?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Buliwyf sit with Ibn and how does Buliwyf talk?

3. What do the dwarfs give the warriors and what do they say to Buliwyf's question about a successful attack?

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

5. What is the landscape like in the Desert of Dread?

6. What does Herger tell Ibn about why the Vikings are not more excited after the first battle?

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

8. How is Ibn finally able to leave Rothgar's Hall?

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

10. What does Herger tell Ibn about the wendol's mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Eaters of the Dead" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if this is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for young teens versus adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Eaters of the Dead" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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