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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 Vinland Sagas are part of the history of Iceland. Write an essay about Iceland.

Part 1. Describe Iceland physically - where is it and what is the nature like there?

Part 2. What role does Iceland play in the Vinland Sagas? Why are the Vinland Sagas important to Iceland?

Part 3. Cover the history of Iceland. Who discovered it? When? What has happened to Iceland since then?

Part 4. What is modern Iceland like? Who lives there? What kind of government do they have? What has happened to them recently?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about women in Viking culture.

Part 1. How did the rights of viking women compare with the rights of women in other areas of Europe?

Part 2. What traditions surrounded the processes of marriage and divorce?

Part 3. What were the roles and responsibilities of women in a marriage and society?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about many popular misconceptions about Vikings.

Part 1. What is the popular image of a Viking?

Part 2. What parts of the popular image of a Viking are wrong?

Part 3. Provide explanations or evidence that suggests that these popular misconceptions are not historical.

Part 4. What might historical Vikings have been like instead?

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