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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What takes Thorstein Eriksson and Gudrid to Lysufjord?
(a) They are trying to reach Vinland.
(b) To escape the wrath of their fathers.
(c) They jointly own a farm there with another Thorstein.
(d) They were banished from the other settlement.

2. How does Bjarni choose who gets to go in the life boat?
(a) By size.
(b) By lottery.
(c) By age.
(d) By rank.

3. Who initializes the marriage between Karlsefni and Gudrid?
(a) None of the above.
(b) Gudrid.
(c) Eirik the Red.
(d) Karlsefni.

4. What does Leif find in Vinland?
(a) Gold and lumber.
(b) Gold, sheep, and wild game.
(c) Towns and ports.
(d) Wild wheat, vines, and maples.

5. Where does Thorstein's ship next put in to land after it leaves Eiriksfjord?
(a) Vinland.
(b) Norway.
(c) Eiriksfjord.
(d) Ireland.

6. Who were Haki and Hekja?
(a) Icelandic friends of Karlsefni's.
(b) Two sailors who were also good runners.
(c) Two Scots given to Leif by the king of Norway.
(d) Boys who had been raised at Brattahlid.

7. What does Thorkel prepare for Thorbjorg before her arrival?
(a) A high seat with a cushion.
(b) A feast.
(c) An informal social greeting time.
(d) A service.

8. What does Leif find on his way home from Vinland?
(a) A dead whale floating at sea.
(b) An abandoned ship at sea.
(c) A new bay on Greenland.
(d) Shipwrecked seamen.

9. Who is Thorgunna?
(a) Eirik the Red's sister.
(b) A wealthy widow who gives Leif a ship.
(c) The woman Leif falls in love with and the mother of his son.
(d) The queen of Norway.

10. What is Karlsefni's mother's first impression of Gudrid?
(a) That she is an angel.
(b) That Gudrid is too spoiled.
(c) The Gudrid's beauty would make Karlsefni miserable.
(d) That Karlsefni had married beneath him.

11. What washes up on the shore over the winter when they are hungry?
(a) None of the above.
(b) An abandoned ship.
(c) Six sea lions.
(d) A whale.

12. What happens on the trip to Greenland?
(a) Bad weather.
(b) Disease.
(c) All of the above.
(d) The death of Orm and his wife.

13. What do Karsefni and his crew learn about the natives?
(a) They knew of a land of Europeans.
(b) They had two kings, Avaldamon and Valdidida.
(c) All of the above.
(d) They lived in caves or holes in the ground.

14. What do Karlsefni and his men see from their ship that make them think they have traveled as far from Straumfjord this way as they had the other way?
(a) The stars are the same.
(b) None of the above.
(c) They see smoke from the settlement.
(d) The same range of mountains they saw from Hope.

15. What does the uniped do to Thorvald?
(a) Shoots an arrow into his groin.
(b) Shoots poison darts at him.
(c) Drags him under water.
(d) Bites him.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Thorbjorn announce his departure to Greenland?

2. What does Thorgunna ask of Leif?

3. How does Thorvald know they have found rich country just before he dies?

4. Why is Thorbjorg invited to the feast at Herjolfsness.

5. How were the men split between Karlsefni and Thorhall?

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