The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Thorstein's ship next put in to land after it leaves Eiriksfjord?

2. What caused Bjarni Grimolfsson's ship to sink?

3. What does Thorgunna send to Leif in Greenland?

4. How many people could fit in the small boat they had?

5. How were the men split between Karlsefni and Thorhall?

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

The Vinland Sagas are about the Vikings. Write an essay about Vikings.

Part 1. Who were the Vikings? When and where did they live?

Part 2. What were the Vikings famous and feared for? What were they like as a people and how did they survive? What did they accomplish?

Part 3.What records do we have about the Vikings? Discuss both the sagas and the archeological record.

Part 4. How did the Vikings leave their mark on the world?

Essay Topic 3

Gudrid (Gudridur Thorbjarnardottir) is possibly one of the best documented and traveled women of her era. Do further outside research and write an essay about Gudrid.

Part 1. Who was Gudrid? Who were her family?

Part 2. What kind of person was Gudrid? How did this affect her life?

Part 3. Where did Gudrid travel during her life? How and why did she travel so extensively?

Part 4. What other major events happened during Gudrid's life and how did she handle them?

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