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 is Hrapp of Hrappstead?

2. Who is discovered to have Irish royalty in his or her lineage?

3. What are the two men growing up in Olaf's household known for?

4. As the new chieftains submit to the king, what region do some chieftains prefer to migrate instead of relinquishing power?

5. Who grows up together like brothers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the horrific dream Olaf the Peacock has of his son?

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

3. What happens when Gest meets Gudrun?

4. Describe the effect of Kotkel on Gudrun's life.

5. Describe Geirmund's marriage.

6. Describe Unn the Deep-Minded.

7. What happens in the aftermath of the murder of Kotkel and his clan?

8. Describe Thord Gorddi.

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

10. When Olaf returns to Iceland, what does he do to establish a foundation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Royalty is mentioned throughout the Laxdaela Saga from the King of Norway to the King of Ireland. What is the importance of royalty in terms of status, power, wealth and privilege? Do the royal people mentioned in the Laxdaela Saga act in honorable ways? Who is the most noble of all characters and is he or she royal and if so, in what way? Describe.

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 author uses more than one iteration on the theme of revenge. Identify at least two characters in the Laxdaela Saga who either embody or experience revenge then cite an example to support your answers.

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