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

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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. Why does Gudrid not want to help Thorbjorg?

2. What does Thorbjorg tell Gudrid?

3. What does Gudrid do for Thorbjorg?

4. How does Bjarni choose who gets to go in the life boat?

5. What do Haki and Hekja come back with?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How do Leif's parents, Eirik the Red and Thjodhild, take to Christianity?

3. What prophecy does Gudrid hear about her future? Who tells her this future?

4. Explain what happens during Thorstein and Eirik's trip to Vinland, and what they do for the crew at the end of it.

5. When food runs scarce, Thorhall disappears for three days. How and where do Karlsefni and Bjarni find him? What does he say he was doing?

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

7. Describe the first two encounters that Karlsefni and his men have with the natives.

8. Explain the encounter with the uniped.

9. What happens with the whale? Why do people refuse to eat it?

10. How does Karlsefni's mother feel about Gudrid when she meets her and how does that change over time?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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