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 does Ibn see as they enter the land of the wendol?

2. When does Buliwyf have seven horses prepared?

3. How many shields does a man get when in a Viking duel?

4. What do the warriors follow?

5. How many weeks does Ibn spend with the Northmen before he is ready to leave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Buliwyf do as they are heading back to Rothgar's Hall and why? What does Ibn think about Herger's information?

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

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

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

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

6. What does the dwarf soothsayer tell Buliwyf?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The reading of the bones is not described in much detail, but some readers may recognize this act as a common ritual among certain cultures. An old woman or man is revered as a type of prophet able to read the future. This person is used to determine the wisdom of acting in a certain way whenever a difficult situation presents itself. Buliwyf does not argue with the crone's words but rather accepts them and his own fate.

1. What do you think is the difference between superstition and belief? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your research to support your answer.

2. Why do you think Buliwyf accepts his fate in such a stoic manner? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your research to support your answer.

3. How do you think a crone who is considered a prophet or seer might be able to influence the men in a community? Use examples from the novel and your own research to support your answer.

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