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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 follow?
2. How do the Northwomen differ from Ibn's culture in their mannerisms?
3. What do Herger and Ibn do right before Ibn leaves?
4. What does Herger tell Berger about when the wendol sleep?
5. Where is Ibn wounded during the battle?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Ibn finally able to leave Rothgar's Hall?
2. What does Ibn see as the wendol approach at night and what does he think it is?
3. What is the only time Ibn can observe the Northmen showing any emotions about the first battle with the wendol?
4. How does Wiglif end up dead?
5. What does Herger tell Ibn about why the Vikings are not more excited after the first battle?
6. What do they see in the largest hut of the wendol camp?
7. What is one of the new defenses around Hurot and what do the women do with water and why do they do it?
8. What do the Northmen do around mid-morning the day after the second battle?
9. What do the warriors do when they reach a region of caves?
10. How does Herger take care of a man who wants to kill Buliwyf?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ibn Fadlan's writing style may be strange to readers. Ibn Fadlan does a wonderful job of baiting the reader's attention. He tells of coming to a forest and seeing mountains with hot springs gushing from them. These areas sound enchanting to the reader but he is left to devise a mental picture on his own. Ibn Fadlan does not offer flowing descriptions of the land he passes through or even comment on how he feels about the journey.
1. Did Ibn's writing style entice you to read farther or did you feel it was not interesting? Why or why not?
Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.
2. Would you rather read a book about a place you have never seen with a lot of description or just a minimal so that you can visualize your own picture? Explain why you would prefer one or the other. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
3. Do you think the book would have been more interesting if more of Ibn's feelings had been shown? Why or why not? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
"Eaters of the Dead" belongs to the historical fiction fantasy genre. Discuss the following:
1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the historical novel genre.
2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.
3. What do you think is the difference between a science fiction novel and a historical fiction fantasy novel?
Essay Topic 3
Crichton discusses the differences between Ibn Fadlan's observations about the Vikings and the common European view of the Northmen. Crichton reviews the numerous ways that show the Vikings were not the barbarians Europeans made them out to be. The Viking lifestyle is surprisingly modern with a strong sense of ritual.
1. Ritual is important in most civilizations. Support or refute the following statement with supporting reasons: Low technological societies or early civilizations had more ritual than modern civilizations. Use examples from Eaters of the Dead and your own life to support your answer.
2. The Europeans had a very negative view of the Northmen which Ibn shares until he spends some time with them and actually know them. In view of this explain how the cliche "You can't tell a book by its cover," applies to the situation between the view of the European towards the Northmen and Ibn's final views of the Northmen. Use examples from Eaters of the Dead and your own life to support your answer.
3. Why do you think rituals are important to human culture? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.
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