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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 do the warriors do when they reach Rothgar's hall before embarking from the ship?

2. For what purpose does Ibn write?

3. What happens to the weather after the funeral?

4. Why are the warriors of Trelburg clean?

5. What part of the personal habits of the people from question #25 does Ibn write?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ibn say about the Oguz Turks?

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

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

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

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. Describe Trelburg.

7. Why was Ibn chosen as the thirteenth warrior?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Eaters of the Dead" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why the book is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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