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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is different about the trip Karlsefni makes to Vinland from the previous ones?
(a) He takes more men and five women who will all share profits.
(b) All of the above.
(c) He takes livestock.
(d) He intends to make a permanent settlement.

2. What does Thorvald use to mark the spot he named Kjalarness?
(a) A peak towering overhead.
(b) None of the above.
(c) A huge rock pointing upwards.
(d) The old keel of the boat.

3. What does Freydis tell people in Greenland happened to the brothers?
(a) They stayed on in Vinland.
(b) They angered the Gods.
(c) They went exploring on their own.
(d) They died of disease.

4. What do Thorvald and his men do with the natives they encounter?
(a) Trade.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Fight.
(d) Attempt to communicate.

5. What is Iceland like when Eirik the Red arrives there?
(a) Already well settled.
(b) A shipping port.
(c) Undiscovered.
(d) Occupied by enemies.

6. What happens between Thorgest and Eirik when Eirik returns to Iceland?
(a) A reconciliation is reached.
(b) All of the above.
(c) Thorgest and Eirik battle again.
(d) Eirik is deated.

7. What scares the natives the first time they appear?
(a) The sight of a whale being butchered.
(b) The weapons displayed by the men.
(c) The bellowing of the bull.
(d) The men shout and chase them.

8. What does Eirik do when he finds Greenland?
(a) Decides to find land farther west.
(b) Declares the land uninhabitable.
(c) Explores it and name places for three years.
(d) Returns immediately to Iceland.

9. What were the characteristics of the first land that Leif and his crew land on?
(a) Low hills covered in grass.
(b) Mountainous, steep, and forbidding.
(c) Dense forest with much lumber.
(d) Icy, rocky, and worthless.

10. Where does Eirik propose to go when he leaves Iceland?
(a) To take revenge.
(b) He is set to sea with no guide or plan.
(c) Back to Norway.
(d) To explore land sighted to the west.

11. What do Thorvald and his men see further up the fjord?
(a) Ruins of great cities.
(b) Planted crops.
(c) Settlements.
(d) Cattle.

12. How many men and ships return to Vinland with Thorvald?
(a) Sixty men in eight ships.
(b) Nine men in one ship.
(c) Thirty men in three ships.
(d) Thirty men in one ship.

13. What is Aud's full title?
(a) Aud the White.
(b) Aud the Beautiful.
(c) Aud the Red.
(d) Aud the Deep Minded.

14. Which of the following best describes the sentiment between Freydis and the brothers in Vinland?
(a) Distrust and fear.
(b) Business and formality.
(c) Friendship.
(d) General ill will.

15. What size crew does Leif Eiriksson take with him?
(a) Just himself and two close friends.
(b) Four ships, abundantly manned.
(c) A barely sufficient skeleton crew.
(d) Thirty five men.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gudrid see that no one else sees?

2. What was the land like that Thorvald and his men see to the west?

3. What arrangement does Karlsefni make with Leif regarding the houses in Vinland?

4. What is the general consensus about Freydis after her trip to Vinland?

5. In what way does Freydis first break her word?

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