Eaters of the Dead: The Manuscript of Ibn Fadlan Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Northwomen look like?

2. What do the Northmen do with great happiness following the first battle?

3. What does Buliwyf do when they offer him onion soup back at the hall?

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

5. Why does Ibn join the revelry?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the Northmen do around mid-morning the day after the second battle?

3. What does Buliwyf tell Ibn and ask him to do?

4. How does Ibn meet up and get to know a Northwoman?

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

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

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

8. What does Buliwyf do the night the wendol attack after they kill the mother and how does he look?

9. What is the landscape like in the Desert of Dread?

10. What does Herger tell Ibn about why the Vikings are not more excited after the first battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Eaters of the Dead".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Eaters of the Dead". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Eaters of the Dead". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Northmen realize they are often gone at sea for long periods of time and with little hope of return. Because of their lifestyle, they do not expect their women to remain chaste. Although Ibn Fadlan views the behavior of the Northmen as uncouth, the reader may begin to realize that in many aspects the Northmen have a very practical approach to life.

1. How do you think the fact that Northmen are gone from their families for long periods of time might affect their culture? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Does the fact that the Northmen do not expect them women to remain chaste seem to be a very modern idea? Why or why not? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss ways in which you have noticed the Northmen taking a practical approach to life. Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your research to support your answer.

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