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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 do Eirik's slaves do that caused problems?

2. What does Freydis tell people in Greenland happened to the brothers?

3. What do Thorvald and Eirik do because "of some killings" in Jaederen?

4. Who is Leif?

5. Who is Thorvald?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Freydis drive away the natives giving chase?

2. Describe the descendants of Karlsefni and Gudrid.

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

4. What circumstances caused Eirik the Red to leave Iceland?

5. What does Eirik the Red do upon departing for Vinland that he suspects causes him to fall off his horse? What does he do to resolve it?

6. How does a fight break out between Karlsefni's men and the natives? Describe the sequence of events leading up to Karlsefni and his men fleeing.

7. Describe the events surrounding Thorstein's death.

8. Explain why the small boat on Bjarni's ship would not sink while the large one was about to.

9. How do the two native boys describe the land that is across from their own land? Where might this be?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Erik the Red.

Part 1. Who was Erik the Red? When and where did he live and die?

Part 2. How do we know about Erick the Red? What sources do we have regarding him?

Part 3. Write a brief biography about Erik the Red. Include what he did throughout his life and his reasons for doing those things. Who were his children?

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

What are the Oseberg and Gokstad Ships? Why are they special?

Part 1. When and where were the Oseberg and Gokstad discovered?

Part 2. Why were they part of a burial? What else do we know about those burials?

Part 3. Describe the Oseberg and Gokstad ships. How do they differ from each other? What were their uses?

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