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Quiz about Erik The Red
Quiz about Erik The Red

Erik The Red Trivia Quiz


Was Erik an outlaw or an explorer? Or both? You decide!

A photo quiz by ponycargirl. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
ponycargirl
Time
3 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
360,520
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
861
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 94 (5/10), Guest 101 (8/10), Guest 79 (5/10).
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1. What was Erik the Red's name? Hint

Asvald Ulfsson
Oxen-Thorir
Ulf Oxen-Thorisson
Erik Thorvaldsson

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2. In all probability, why was the famous Viking Erik nicknamed "The Red"? Hint

He had a ruddy complexion.
He was a Communist.
He killed a lot of people.
His hair was red.

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3. Where was Erik the Red born? Hint

Norway
Denmark
Sweden
Iceland

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4. Erik the Red's father was banished from the community because he committed manslaughter. Where did the family then settle? Hint

Sweden
Vinland
Iceland
Denmark

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5. Sometime around 982, Erik The Red was involved a dispute involving "setstokkr". What was the argument about? Hint

The Viking lawmaking assembly.
His longboat.
His sword.
Ornamental house beams he had inherited.

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6. Erik the Red was the first Viking explorer to reach Greenland.

True
False

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7. According to the saga, why did Erik the Red give Greenland its name? Hint

The people there had green eyes.
The waters around the land had green algae.
He wanted to attract colonists.
The land had lush vegetation.

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8. One of Erik the Red's settlements was very close to what city, which is the present-day capital of Greenland? Hint

Sisimiut
Nanortalik
Qaqortoq
Nuuk

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9. Erik the Red brought colonists with him to Greenland about 985 A.D. Approximately how many years did Viking settlements there survive? Hint

100
500
300
700

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10. Erik the Red was part of the Viking group that explored with his son, Leif, and found Vinland.

True
False


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What was Erik the Red's name?

Answer: Erik Thorvaldsson

As the son of Thorvald Asvaldsson, Erik's name would be Erik Thorvaldsson. Erik was descended from the line of Viking explorers who discovered Iceland. His great-great grandfather, Oxen-Thorir, was the brother of Naddodd, who it is said, discovered Iceland while traveling from Norway on his way home to the Faroe Islands. He named the land Snowland, but the island came to be known as
Iceland.

(Note that the armor shown in the picture is of a much later period).
2. In all probability, why was the famous Viking Erik nicknamed "The Red"?

Answer: His hair was red.

Sources agree that Erik had red hair and a red beard, however, some also suggest that his nickname had to do with his "fiery temper". In truth, very little is known about Erik's disposition. While he was exiled from his home for the crime of manslaughter, it appears to be a rather common occurrence in Viking communities.
3. Where was Erik the Red born?

Answer: Norway

Erik was born in Rogaland, in the western part of Norway. Evidence has been found that suggests that people had been living there much earlier than Viking times. Archeological finds dating to the Stone Age include a skeleton of a boy.
4. Erik the Red's father was banished from the community because he committed manslaughter. Where did the family then settle?

Answer: Iceland

The family moved to Hornstrandir in northwestern Iceland, where Erik married and began to raise a family. He and his wife, Tjodhilde, had four children, including the famous Leif. This is a replica of the longhouse where the family lived near EirÝkssta­ir.
5. Sometime around 982, Erik The Red was involved a dispute involving "setstokkr". What was the argument about?

Answer: Ornamental house beams he had inherited.

The saga is a bit unclear, however, Erik apparently inherited some ornamental house beams from his father, who brought them from Norway. Erik left the beams in the safekeeping of a friend, but when he tried to retrieve the beams, they were unavailable. Several men were killed when Erik tried to seize the beams. Erik had already been in trouble in Hawksdale, where he lived after he was married, and that had led to the family moving again. For his part in the dispute over the setstokkr, Erik was banished from Iceland for three years.
6. Erik the Red was the first Viking explorer to reach Greenland.

Answer: False

Although Erik established the first permanent European colony on Greenland, he was not the first to discover the island. Gunnbj÷rn Ulfsson is given credit for being the first to sight Greenland, and at least one other attempt was made to colonize the island before Erik was successful.
7. According to the saga, why did Erik the Red give Greenland its name?

Answer: He wanted to attract colonists.

The story is that the Vikings gave Iceland a nasty-sounding name to keep people away; Erik wanted people to settle with him in Greenland, so he made the name sound as appealing as possible. In reality, of course, Iceland should be Greenland, and Greenland should be Iceland!
8. One of Erik the Red's settlements was very close to what city, which is the present-day capital of Greenland?

Answer: Nuuk

Erik and his group of colonists made two settlements in Iceland - the Eastern Settlement and the Western Settlement. He lived in the Western Settlement, which is close to the current capital of Nuuk. Both of the settlements were located on the southern part of the island, and the only part where it was possible to farm.

There is evidence that each settlement also sent explorers to hunt in the Arctic Circle region.
9. Erik the Red brought colonists with him to Greenland about 985 A.D. Approximately how many years did Viking settlements there survive?

Answer: 500

About the same time Columbus (pictured) was getting ready to sail west to reach the east, the Viking colonies were abandoned. There are many probable reasons to explain this: shortly after the founding a group of new immigrants is believed to have brought the plague with them to the colony.

Although many died, the colonies were inhabited until cold weather, pirate raids, and conflicts with the natives brought an end to the settlements in Greenland at the end of the 15th century.
10. Erik the Red was part of the Viking group that explored with his son, Leif, and found Vinland.

Answer: False

The Erik saga says that Leif was planning to take his dad exploring with him, however, Erik fell off his horse on the way to the ship, and this was taken as a bad sign. He stayed at home, and died shortly after, probably of the plague that was brought by the new settlers around 1002.
Source: Author ponycargirl

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