History of the Vikings


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What European capital did the Vikings lay siege to in 885?

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1. Which of the following BEST explains why the Viking longship was so well adapted for raiding?

2. What country is named after a group of Vikings who founded a slave colony there in the 9th century?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Although they are known for nearly three centuries of piracy and brutal raids throughout Europe, the Vikings were also on the front line of new world exploration and international trade. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand Viking culture and achievements and how their exploits helped launch the medieval social system of feudalism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Viking maritime skills
  • Colonies established by the Vikings
  • Dates of Viking activity
  • New-world exploration credited to the Vikings
  • The Vikings' effect on the authority of the Carolingian Empire

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about Viking history and exploits
  • Making connections - examine how Viking seafaring skills and maritime innovation allowed them to play a major role in the medieval world
  • Critical thinking - apply your knowledge of Viking exploration and trade to examine their reputation as disrupters of civilization in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the history of the Vikings. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the structure and advantages of Viking longships
  • Explore the Viking reputation for raids and theft
  • Know the major Viking voyages and trade routes
  • Describe the effect Vikings had on medieval social structure
  • Understand the impact Vikings had on cultural diffusion