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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. Where is Ibn sent on his journey?

2. What color is the whale that Ibn sees swimming near the boat?

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

4. What does Ibn notice the Northmen fear?

5. Why do the warriors beat their shields on the ship?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What holds up Ibn's travels?

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

4. What hits the land right after the burial and what does Ibn notice about the Northmen?

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

7. What does Ibn say about the Oguz Turks?

8. How long was Ibn gone, and how did he tell about his journey?

9. How does Ibn describe the Northmen?

10. Why is there no adultery among the Turks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wyglif's possessions are divided into three parts: one for his family, one to purchase a girl to die with him, and the last to be buried alongside him. A wild party ensues in which the Northmen get very drunk and indulge their pleasures with various women. A woman comes forward to say she will be buried with Wyglif. The girl is taken into a hut where she is raped by all of Wyglif's men. She is then held down by two men while the Angel of Death slits the girl's throat.

1. Discuss the status of slaves in the Northmen society based on the statement above. Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own research to support your answer.

2. Discuss the status of women in a culture that encourages gang rape of a woman. Use examples from the book and your own research to support your answer.

3. How do you think the above burial practice, if viewed from a modern perspective, might demonstrate the evolution of the human race? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Rothgar has five sons who should have been able to gather a suitable war party to face the wendol. However, the sons of Rothgar are too concerned with obtaining their father's throne to notice that the kingdom they wish to rule is under attack. Wiglif is more concerned with whether or not Buliwyf means to take Rothgar's throne than the fact there may soon be no village left to rule.

1. If Rothgar's five sons are fighting each other for his position, what does this say about what kind of kings the sons might be? Use examples from the text and your research to support your answer.

2. In view of the fact that Rothgar's sons could pull together enough men to fight the wendol why do you think Buliwyf should go help Rothgar? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.

3. How does the cliche: "Can't see the apple for the tree," relate to what Rothgar's sons are doing? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.

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