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Anne’s Quiz #5


According to popular legend in my family, we (Hubbells) are descended from Hubba the Dane (or Ubbi or Ubbe, depending on the translation), a son of Ragnar Lodbrok of saga fame. Thus, you may detect a certain bias in the following questions. I have based this quiz on 3 references:

Smyth, Alfred, "Scandinavian Kings in the British Isles 850-880," Oxford Univ. Press, 1977.

Graham-Campbell, James, "The Viking World," Ticknor & Fields, 1980.

Magnusson, Magnus, "Vikings!" Elsevier-Dutton Pub. Co, 1980.

1. Which one of the following was NOT a son of Ragnar Lodbrok?
a) Ivar the Boneless
b) Halfdan of the Wide Embrace
c) Ubbi
d) Guthrum
2. Where did the name 'Lodbrok' come from?
a) It means 'hairy breaches'; his wife made him a pair of trousers, boiled in pitch and rolled in sand as protection against a dragon
b) It means 'lead brother'; of all his siblings, he was the one who became King.
c) It means 'of the Lord'; when he was baptized, St. Anselm gave him the name.
d) It means 'killed by snakes', the way Ragnar is reputed to have died at the hands of an English King.
3. Who stopped the Vikings from completely overrunning England?
a) King Authur
b) Charlemagne
c) King Alfred the Great
d) Richard the Lion-Heart
4. What is the significance of Lindisfarne?
a) On 8 June 793, this church was attacked by Vikings, the first in a long series of raids and campaigns.
b) It was a town in Norway that functioned as the launching point for many raids.
c) It was the name of the abbey where the King of Wessex successfully hid from the invasion.
d) It was the monastary where the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles were hidden from the Viking raiders.
5. What was the Danelaw?
a) A collection of laws the Vikings adhered to.
b) A law regulating the division of goods won in battle.
c) The area of accepted Danish settlement and rule in eastern England.
d) A ceremonial title given to the King.
6. Which of the following did NOT contribute to the phenomenal success of Viking ships?
a) large cargo capacity to carry weapons and extra warriors
b) light-weight construction allowing easy portage
c) short sturdy mast and long yard combined to make a stable yet large sail area
d) slender shape could be moved quickly, either under oars or sail
7. Viking merchants traded goods for silver with Byzantine merchants. Which of the following was NOT part of their normal stock?
a) slaves
b) furs
c) weapons
d) glass
8. What significant happening occurred in Iceland in 930 AD?
a) A massive lava flow created 1420 acres of new land.
b) The first European Republic was created when the Althing (National Assembly) met for the first time that year.
c) The first settlers reached the island.
d) Sigurd slew the dragon threatening Reykjavik.
9. What is the southernmost extent of Viking raids?
a) One expedition of 62 ships, sailed into the Mediterranean in 857, picked up slaves in Northern Africa, and raided the town of Luna, Italy.
b) A group of 22 ships attacked Moorish Spain and returned home with a collection of scimitars.
c) Bjorn Ironside sacked Paris in 857.
d) Hubba the Dane sailed around the southern coast of England in an attempt to conquer Wessex.
10. Of what was Canute King?
a) Denmark, England, Norway, Scotland
b) Iceland, Norway
c) Normandy, England
d) England, Ireland


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