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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. How are warriors with extremity wounds treated?

2. What does an old man tell Ibn about Wiglif?

3. What does the stone statue of a pregnant woman mean to the wendols?

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

5. What does Ibn ask Herger as they near Hurot?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do the riders see when they look down on an encampment?

5. What do they see in the largest hut of the wendol camp?

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

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

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

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

10. How does Wiglif end up dead?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Eaters of the Dead". Questions that Crichton most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Crichton's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Crichton's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Crichton and if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "Eaters of the Dead" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ibn. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Buliwyf. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Herger. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Wyglif's possessions are divided into three parts: one for his family, one to purchase a girl to die with him, and the last to be buried alongside him. A wild party ensues in which the Northmen get very drunk and indulge their pleasures with various women. A woman comes forward to say she will be buried with Wyglif. The girl is taken into a hut where she is raped by all of Wyglif's men. She is then held down by two men while the Angel of Death slits the girl's throat.

1. Discuss the status of slaves in the Northmen society based on the statement above. Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own research to support your answer.

2. Discuss the status of women in a culture that encourages gang rape of a woman. Use examples from the book and your own research to support your answer.

3. How do you think the above burial practice, if viewed from a modern perspective, might demonstrate the evolution of the human race? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

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