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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What arrangement does Karlsefni make with Leif regarding the houses in Vinland?
(a) Karlsefni can use them until Leif arrives again.
(b) Leif is willing to lend Karlsefni the houses, but not give them.
(c) Karlsefni buys the houses from Leif.
(d) Leif gives him the houses on the condition that the settlement is named after him.

2. Leif names the second land that he and his crew land on after a natural resource on it. What resource is this?
(a) A fresh water spring.
(b) Wide grasslands.
(c) The woods.
(d) Gold.

3. Why do Eirik and Thorvald leave Norway?
(a) Because of some killings.
(b) On a mission from the king.
(c) To find new resources.
(d) They heard rumors of land to the west.

4. What does Aud Do in Orkney after she hears of the death of Thorstein the Red?
(a) All of the above.
(b) Seeks vengence for her husband's death.
(c) Raises her grandchildren.
(d) Gives away his daughter, Groa, in marriage.

5. Who tries to join Leif Eiriksson in his journey but was injured at the last moment?
(a) His father.
(b) Bjarni.
(c) A Christian missionary.
(d) His wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Leif and his crew do when their ship becomes grounded at low tide near the shore of a new land?

2. Which of the following best describes the sentiment between Freydis and the brothers in Vinland?

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

4. What does Eirik do when he finds Greenland?

5. What arrangement does Freydis have with the brothers Helgi and Finnbogi?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the interactions the settlers have with the natives.

2. What does the prophecy told to Gudrid tell her about her future?

3. What does Eirik do when he reaches Greenland? How long?

4. What happens between the natives and Thorvald and his crew? Describe the encounter.

5. Describe the woman that Gudrid sees and the discourse between them.

6. What happens to Thorstein and his crew when they set sail for Vinland? Where do they end up spending the winter?

7. How did Eirik know to look for Greenland? What did he do when he found it?

8. Describe what happens as Leif and his crew try to approach the shore of the mainland.

9. How does Leif become aware of Freydis' behavior on Vinland and what does he do about it?

10. What response does Bjarni receive when he shares his sighting of the new land?

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