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History of the Vikings Quiz

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The Vikings came from chilly maritime region in northern Europe?
Scandinavia
The Baltics
Iberia
The Celtic Isles

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What does the word Viking mean in Old Norse?
Wind eyes
Homeless
Pirate raid
Skull-breaker

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One of the core tenets of Viking religions was their veneration of what All-Father god whom they believed ruled the heavens?
Odin
Cu Chulainn
Oberon
Sylph

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Viking cultural histories and myths were often passed down in prose tales that were called which of the following?
Poems
Sagas
Lyrics
Comedies

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Ragnar Lothbrok was a famous Viking cultural hero who is said to have lost his life in battle against what historic Frankish king?
King Arthur
Otto I
Charlemagne
Rollo

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In 860, Rus Vikings launched an infamously futile attack on Constantinople trying to conquer what empire?
The German Empire
The British Empire
The Byzantine Empire
The Carolingian Empire

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On their raids, Vikings would often take slaves. What was their term for such captive laborers?
Torns
Borns
Skells
Thralls

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Most of the days in the English language are named for the gods of the Vikings. What is the only day of the week that is NOT named for a Norse god or goddess?
Wednesday
Saturday
Thursday
Sunday

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What was the name of the famous Viking explorer who established a settlement in Canada long before Christopher Columbus made his voyage to the Americas?
Leif Erickson
Stallnir
Astarte Grunn
Voltir Rolloson

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What was the name of the settlement which Leif Erickson founded in Canada?
Maine
Graceland
Iceland
Newfoundland

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Erik the Red, the father of Leif Erickson, discovered what land?
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Greenland
Ireland
Iceland
The Sandwich Isles

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What are the names of the Viking "longships" that carried raiding parties across the sea?
Drakkar
Borning
Palisades
Titans

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One of the things that made Viking ships unique was the fact they had massive spines which ran along their undersides. What was the name for such spines?
Masts
Turnbuckles
Helms
Keels

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A famous Viking funeral rite consisted of a deceased person being loaded onto a boat and then set ablaze using which of the following?
Flint struck by attendants who were also aboard
A bolt of lightning
A time-delayed explosive
A flaming arrow

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Which of the following is NOT one of the countries which Vikings came from?
Denmark
Scotland
Norway
Sweden

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King Harold Hardrada of the Vikings tried and failed to conquer what nation until he was defeated by its ruler Harold Godwinson?
Russia
Germany
England
France

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At what historic battle did the forces of Harold Godwinson kill Harold Hardrada?
The Battle of Stanford Bridge
The Battle of Hastings
The Battle of Lazerin Downs
The Battle of the Thames

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What King of Normandy descended from the Viking lords would conquer England by killing King Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings?
Marcel the Wise
Charles the Victorious
Lars the Penitent
William the Conqueror

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A common beverage in Viking society was mead. Mead is a substance made from water and what fermented substance?
Lemon juice
Flax seeds
Ground oats
Honey

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What famous Viking betrayed his countrymen when he swore fealty to the King of France in exchange for dominion over the nation's northern lands?
Pyotr the Cliff's Face
Carsis
Rollo
Gurn

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What is the name of the dukedom in northern France that Rollo established?
Champagne
Nice
Normandy
Riennes

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What is the name of the famous mythological Viking stronghold along the southern Baltic which was said to have been a home to the mightiest of the collective's warriors?
Johanneborg
Camelot
Jomsborg
Skalhold

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What is the name of the famous Viking mythical hero that was said to have slain the dragon Fafnir?
Solomon
Siegfried
Saint George
Beowulf

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What is the collective name for the Germanic symbols which the Vikings used for their alphabet?
Dirges
Runes
Trayles
Urds

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Part of the reason why Vikings were so fierce in battle was that they believed those who died in combat ascended to what hall of warriors in the afterlife?
Ymir
Ragnarok
Gungnir
Valhalla

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What Viking lord managed to rule England, Denmark, and Norway from around 1016 to 1035 following his father's conquest of the British Isles?
Cossus
Cnut
Cibala
Cadrig

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What father of Cnut the Great conquered England to put his son on the throne and earlier claimed control of Denmark after rebelling against his own father?
Sven Forkbeard
Sven Firetongue
Sven Ravenseye
Sven Cliffsface

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Which of the following words refers to aristocrats in Viking society?
Oslo
Spriggins
Jotun
Jarls

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What is the common name given to the Viking warriors who donned animal skins and adopted bestial behaviors during battle?
Berserkers
Saxons
Templars
Celts

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The stereotype that Vikings wore horned helmets was spawned by what man's famous operas that made up The Ring of the Nibelung?
Richard Wagner
Wolfgang Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
Edvard Grieg

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