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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 does Buliwyf do with a small stone carving they find in the farmhouse?

2. How does the religious beliefs of the people from question #25 and Ibn's people compare?

3. What is the usual distance between each river crossing?

4. What do the merchants have primarily in their houses?

5. From whom has a letter arrived where Ibn lives?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Ibn end up telling a story in Rothgar's Hall?

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. What is the letter that is mentioned in Chapter One?

7. Who tells Ibn about the wendol and what does he say?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes "Eaters of the Dead" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ibn. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Buliwyf. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Herger. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Eaters of the Dead" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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