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. What kind of personality does Bard Hoskuldsson have?

2. Of the two men who grow up like brothers in the same household, which is more powerful?

3. Who casts a spell on Thord?

4. By the end of Chapter 30, who is at the height of power and prestige?

5. Who is Thord Goddi a neighbor to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ketil Flat-Nose.

2. What does Hoskuld do that initially upsets his wife?

3. What is the problem King Harald faces with chieftains?

4. Describe Unn the Deep-Minded.

5. When Kjartan leaves for Norway, what is the political climate there?

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

7. What surprising discovery is revealed about Melkorka?

8. What happens after Thurid gives Bolli the sword?

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

10. What is Kjartan and Bolli's relationship at Hjardaholt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Melkorka. What is her role in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating Melkorka's character in the Laxdaela Saga?

Essay Topic 2

Bolli and Kjartan are two of the most active characters.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Bolli had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Kjartan had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to family members and how? Which one is stronger and in what way?

Essay Topic 3

The Laxdaela Saga is one of the most well known of the Icelandic sagas. What do you find compelling, intriguing, disturbing, appealing and/or outlandish about this saga? Does it hold your interest? Why? In a saga, several characters are involved in a legendary and mythical adventure that is tied to the history of the region and weaves romantic elements in the narrative. What does the author reveal about the character(s) in these settings that immediately introduces the element of a saga? Describe.

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