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This quiz 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

Eirik the Red is sentenced to outlawry by the Thorsness Assembly. Write an essay about the concept of outlawry.

Part 1. What does the legal sentence of outlawry mean?

Part 2. What places practiced the sentence of outlawry? When did they stop?

Part 3. What are the good and bad consequences of the practice of outlawry? Why do you think it is no longer practiced?

What are the Icelandic Sagas?

Part 1. What are the Icelandic Sagas? When were they written and by whom?

Part 2. Why are the Icelandic Sagas important historically? What do we know from them?

Part 3. Summarize and analyze the content of the Vinland sagas.

Several times in the sagas we see a prophecy delivered and taken seriously. Write an essay about the Viking tradition of prophecy.

Part 1. Were the Vikings, in general, a superstitious people? Give examples. What, other than prophecies, did they believe in?

Part 2. How seriously did the Vikings take prophecies?

Part 3. What were some of the common ways for Vikings to receive prophecies?

Part 4. What evidence of prophecies is there in the Vinland Sagas?

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