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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 does Ibn feel about his first battle with the wendol?

2. What does Herger tell Berger about when the wendol sleep?

3. What do the dwarfs give the warriors?

4. How are warriors with extremity wounds treated?

5. How do the Northwomen differ from Ibn's culture in their mannerisms?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is one of the new defenses around Hurot and what do the women do with water and why do they do it?

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

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.

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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