Laxdaela Saga Test | Mid-Book 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. Who does Olaf offer to raise?

2. Since Thord wants so badly to thwart Vigdis's machinations, to whom does he give his property?

3. When Goddi acts like a coward, who is left to defeat Ingjald's people?

4. After Thorleik fights with his uncle Hrut, where does he move from?

5. When Hrapp of Hrappstead dies, who does his estate go to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What crime does Thord Gorddi commit and how does he act when he is pursued?

2. Describe Thord Gorddi.

3. Describe Ketil Flat-Nose.

4. Describe Unn the Deep-Minded.

5. What happens after Thurid gives Bolli the sword?

6. Why is there tension between Olaf and Thorleik and what does Olaf do to ease it?

7. Describe the period in Scandinavian history at the time the Laxdaela Saga was written.

8. What does Unn the Deep-Minded do to the Breidafjord?

9. What surprising discovery is revealed about Melkorka?

10. Describe Hoskuld.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fear is an important theme throughout the book, particularly when unusual and unexplained things happen. Discuss fear as it is used in the Laxdaela Saga. Explain how fear relates to various characters. Does fear motivate characters to take certain actions? Does it lead to conflict? Some examples include Hoskuld's initial fear of shame for having an illegitimate son to Goddi's cowardice that invokes the wrath of his wife Vigdis.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses many metaphors in his writing, some of which are quite subtle. Consider the metaphor of the shipwreck in relationship to Christianity. What do you think prompts the author to utilize metaphors? Which are the most obvious to you? Are some metaphors and references too obscure for the general public? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

As with many medieval tales, history is blurred by myths, legends, and religious parables. Compare and contrast these types of stories. In the case of the Laxdaela Saga, there are many references to myth. Research and find an ancient Scandinavian myth of your choice. How does this myth compare to one in the Laxdaela Saga? What elements are believable instantly and which elements seem more fictional? Describe.

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