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 happens to Ibn's writing after he leaves the Northmen?

2. Why does Ibn join the revelry?

3. How does Ibn leave the Northmen?

4. How many wendol guard the entrance to the mother's home?

5. What does Ibn see when one of the warriors shouts?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Where does Ibn awake after the battle and what does he see as he walks across the compound?

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

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

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

10. What do the dwarfs give the warriors and what do they say to Buliwyf's question about a successful attack?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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