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. Why does the group dismount when they come to the region of caves?

2. What kind of injury does Rethel have?

3. What do the warriors drink in great quantities at the feast the night of the visit to the dwarfs?

4. What kind of information does Herger give to Ibn?

5. What does Herger do after he talks to Ibn?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Ibn feel when he looks at the cliffs, what does he tell Herger and what does Herger tell him?

3. How are wounded warriors treated for their wounds?

4. How does Wiglif end up dead?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Eaters of the Dead". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Crichton chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Crichton chooses the metaphors he does?

3. Discuss Crichton's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Crichton use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Eaters of the Dead" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if this is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for young teens versus adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Eaters of the Dead" a successful novel? What about young teens?

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