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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 purpose of a Northman's burial ritual?

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

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

4. Upon what river do several men and horses perish?

5. What type of tales does Ibn avoid?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Trelburg.

4. What is Ibn's writing style and why does he write like that?

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

6. What holds up Ibn's travels?

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

8. How is the Northmen's fear explained to Ibn?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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 ?

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