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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. Why do the women cover Hurot with water?

2. Why does Ibn join the revelry?

3. What litters the ground of Rothgar's compound?

4. What do the warriors drink in great quantities at the feast the night of the visit to the dwarfs?

5. How is Buliwyf dressed?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ibn feel when he looks at the cliffs, what does he tell Herger and what does Herger tell him?

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

3. How are wounded warriors treated for their wounds?

4. How is Ibn finally able to leave Rothgar's Hall?

5. What does Buliwyf tell the men to do once they have scaled the cliffs and how is Ibn feeling?

6. What do Herger and Ibn think of each others' religion?

7. How does Herger take care of a man who wants to kill Buliwyf?

8. What does Herger tell Ibn about the wendol's mother?

9. What do the warriors do when they reach a region of caves?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of the story and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of the story and why?

3. Which 3 secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

5. Do you think this is a character-driven plot or an action-driven plot? Explain.

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