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 do the warriors follow?

2. Who wakes Ibn after the battle?

3. What does Buliwyf do when he comes to Ibn?

4. For what does Buliwyf ask the dwarfs?

5. What is inside the ditch for the new fortifications?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is the only time Ibn can observe the Northmen showing any emotions about the first battle with the wendol?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Northmen realize they are often gone at sea for long periods of time and with little hope of return. Because of their lifestyle, they do not expect their women to remain chaste. Although Ibn Fadlan views the behavior of the Northmen as uncouth, the reader may begin to realize that in many aspects the Northmen have a very practical approach to life.

1. How do you think the fact that Northmen are gone from their families for long periods of time might affect their culture? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Does the fact that the Northmen do not expect them women to remain chaste seem to be a very modern idea? Why or why not? Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss ways in which you have noticed the Northmen taking a practical approach to life. Use examples from "Eaters of the Dead" and your research to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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