Q. 1: The primary purpose of the passage is:
A) to explain the presence of reindeer antler combs in Denmark.
B) to contradict the widely-accepted beginning date for the Viking Age in Britain, and propose an alternate one.
C) to challenge the popular perception of Vikings as raiders by using evidence that suggests their early trade relations with Europe.
D) to argue that besides being violent pillagers, Vikings were also skilled craftsmen and efficient traders.
Correct Answer:- C
Explanation:- The passage begins with “Despite their fierce reputation…”. It goes on to suggest that the Vikings were traders too. The second paragraph begins with “Since the artifacts were found in marketplaces…”. Thus, they had trade relations with Europe.
Correct Answer:- D
Explanation:- The second paragraph clearly says that the raids began in 793 while some of the artifacts are as old as 725. Clearly, the trade relations of the Vikings with Europe predated the raids.
Q. 3: All of the following hold true for Vikings EXCEPT
A) Vikings brought reindeer from Norway to Denmark for trade purposes.
B) Before becoming the raiders of northern Europe, Vikings had trade relations with European nations.
C) Antler combs, regarded by the Vikings as a symbol of good health, were part of the Viking culture.
D) Vikings, once upon a. time, had trade relations with Denmark and Scandinavia.
Correct Answer:- A
Explanation:- Options 2, 3 and 4 are explicitly mentioned in the passage. The purpose for which the reindeer were brought to Denmark is not explicitly mentioned in the passage.