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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. How does Buliwyf find the concept of blessing food?

2. What does the boat that arrive contain?

3. What is said in the introduction about Ibn's writing style?

4. Who choses Ibn to fulfill the letter's request?

5. Where is a dead Northman's body placed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are wounded warriors treated for their wounds?

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

3. What is the river Gayih like and what happens when Ibn crosses it?

4. What does the first appendix discuss about the tale?

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

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

7. What trouble are the Northmen experiencing when Ibn meets them?

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

9. How does Wiglif end up dead?

10. Why was Ibn chosen as the thirteenth warrior?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Eaters of the Dead" belongs to the historical fiction fantasy genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the historical novel genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a science fiction novel and a historical fiction fantasy novel?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Crichton discusses the differences between Ibn Fadlan's observations about the Vikings and the common European view of the Northmen. Crichton reviews the numerous ways that show the Vikings were not the barbarians Europeans made them out to be. The Viking lifestyle is surprisingly modern with a strong sense of ritual.

1. Ritual is important in most civilizations. Support or refute the following statement with supporting reasons: Low technological societies or early civilizations had more ritual than modern civilizations. Use examples from Eaters of the Dead and your own life to support your answer.

2. The Europeans had a very negative view of the Northmen which Ibn shares until he spends some time with them and actually know them. In view of this explain how the cliche "You can't tell a book by its cover," applies to the situation between the view of the European towards the Northmen and Ibn's final views of the Northmen. Use examples from Eaters of the Dead and your own life to support your answer.

3. Why do you think rituals are important to human culture? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.

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