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 in the caves at first?

2. What shocks Ibn about the Northmen's attitude after the first battle?

3. What litters the ground of Rothgar's compound?

4. What happens the night of Buliwyf's visit to the dwarfs?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ibn see as the wendol approach at night and what does he think it is?

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

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

4. How does Wiglif end up dead?

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

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

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

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

9. What does the dwarf soothsayer tell Buliwyf?

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

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.

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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Eaters of the Dead" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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