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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. Where do Thorvald and his men moor the boat and wander on shore?
(a) A beautiful place Thorvald said he would like to make his home.
(b) On a promontory between two fjords.
(c) All of the above.
(d) A beautiful, heavily wooded area.

2. What does Aud do to the men that she brings to Iceland?
(a) Send them to explore abroad.
(b) Execute them.
(c) Keep them the remainder of their lives as servants.
(d) Gave them land.

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

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

5. What happens after the fight with Thorgest?
(a) Eirik hides and then flees the island.
(b) Thorgest scours the country looking for Eirik.
(c) All of the above.
(d) Eirik is sentenced to outlawry.

Short Answer Questions

1. After her time in Orkney, where does Aud go?

2. What happens to Tyrkir?

3. What do Eirik's slaves do that caused problems?

4. Who does Bjarni travel to see "some time later" after sighting the land to the west?

5. What do Leif and his men find on the return trip to Greenland?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the saga of Gudrid's Ancestry tell us about Aud's faith and what she does to practice it?

3. Explain why Eirik chose the name Greenland.

4. How do Leif and his men find grapes? Describe the incident.

5. Why was Bjarni determined to reach Greenland? What did he do there when he did?

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

7. Who is Thorir and what happens to him?

8. Why is Bjarni away when his father emigrates to Greenland?

9. Explain what happened to Aud's husband and son.

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

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