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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. What scares the natives the first time they appear?

2. Where do the brothers stay when they arrive in Vinland?

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

4. What do the lumps on the beach Thorvald sees turn out to be?

5. What does Aud have erected at Kross Hills?

Short Essay Questions

1. What future does Thorbjorg predict for Gudrid?

2. How do Haki and Hekja come to be on the expedition to Vinland? Where are they from?

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

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

5. Explain the affair of the Christmas feast, and what secondary function the Christmas feast ended up serving.

6. What are the first impressions that Karlsefni and Eirik the Red make on each other? How do they do this?

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

8. What interaction do Gudrid and Thorbjorg have together?

9. Describe Thorbjorn's trip to Greenland. Include who he is with and what happens.

10. What happens to those that stay in Bjarni's ship and those that leave in the small boat?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The historical novel "The Thrall's Tale" takes place during the sagas. Read the novel and then analyze the novel's connections to the sagas.

Part 1. Introduce and summarize the novel.

Part 2. During which saga does the action of the novel take place? What events happen in both?

Part 3. Which characters from the novel are also characters from the sagas? Are they consistent with their portrayal in the sagas? Does the fiction created surrounding the characters seem likely or plausible? Why or why not?

Part 4. According to you, how well did the author of "The Thrall's Tale" weave her fiction into the sagas? What did she do well and what could she have done better?

Essay Topic 2

Eirik the Red and his sons explored a considerable amount of new land. Write an essay about the family that may have been the first Europeans to discover America.

Part 1. What lands were Eirik the Red and his sons the first Europeans to discover and explore?

Part 2. Each of the four of the explorers had a different motivation for their exploration. What was the motivation of each and how did they differ from one another?

Part 3. There are descriptions of Eirik, Leif, Thorvald, and Thorstein in the sagas. What were they like? Is there evidence to suggest how they get along together?

Essay Topic 3

How did the Vikings compare as shipbuilders, seamen and explorers to their contemporaries?

Part 1. As explorers and sea voyagers, how did the vikings compare to others of their time?

Part 2. What kind of ships did the Vikings use? What were the advantages and disadvantages of these ships? How were they made?

Part 3. What influence did the Viking ships have on other nautical customs of the time? What legacy have they left behind?

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