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Multiple Choice Questions

1. After hearing the three stories about Cuchulain's youth, what do they Irishmen think?
(a) They think the stories were made up just to scare them.
(b) They can take him because they outnumber him.
(c) They know the storytellers are exaggerating.
(d) They will have to fight a very strong battle to defeat him.

2. What does Cuchulain do each night?
(a) Kill one hundred of the Irish.
(b) Steal the Irish livestock.
(c) Tell stories and poems of his great victories.
(d) Set fires around the camps of the Irish.

3. How does the army get the cattle herd to trample Forgemen to death?
(a) They drive Forgemen and the cattle into a narrow valley.
(b) They have the dogs round up the cattle where Forgemen sleeps on the ground.
(c) They tie Forgemen to a swinging gate and let the cattle through.
(d) They make him lie down in the cattle barn where the animals eat.

4. Why does Nathcrantail tell Medb that Cuchulain is a coward?
(a) Cuchulain threw down his sword at Nathcrantail's feet.
(b) Cuchulain ran away from Nathcrantail when he saw him coming.
(c) Cuchulain would not talk to anyone without ten bodyguards.
(d) Cuchulain ran after a flock of birds.

5. What do Ailill and Medb want to ask Cuchulain for after the slaughter of the boy trooper?
(a) Carts to transport soldiers.
(b) A final showdown.
(c) Prisoners of war.
(d) A truce.

6. Why did Lochi wear a golden tiara?
(a) It meant she was related to the queen.
(b) It protected her from evil spirits.
(c) It showed that she was a royal maid.
(d) It meant she was an adult woman.

7. What does Fergus get Cuchulain to agree to?
(a) To train Etarcumul as a warrior.
(b) To kill only one man at a time.
(c) To surrender.
(d) To give Medb and Ailill some of the lands of Ulster.

8. What does Cuchulain propose by saying he won't kill the men anymore if he gets food and water each day?
(a) A ceasefire.
(b) A truce.
(c) A declaration of war.
(d) A surrender.

9. How does Cuchulain get his revenge on Medb for sending six Druids to fight him?
(a) He takes one hundred soldiers prisoner.
(b) He makes plans to capture Medb.
(c) He kills some soldiers with his slingshot.
(d) He captures and tortures Medb's beloved dog.

10. Why is Cuchulain sad about fighting Ferbaeth?
(a) He is his spiritual advisor.
(b) He admires his courage.
(c) He was raised with him.
(d) He is his favorite uncle.

11. The stories about Cuchulain show that he has amazing abilities but he also has a flaw. What is it?
(a) He takes too long to make decisions.
(b) He is not physically strong.
(c) He wants to be top dog, no matter who suffers.
(d) He changes his strategy too often.

12. What is Cuchulain doing while the men of Ireland are tunneling?
(a) Following them and killing some of them.
(b) Making deals with other kings to help him.
(c) Digging a tunnel from the other side.
(d) Training new men for battle.

13. How does Cuchulain kill Ferbaeth?
(a) By accidentally throwing a stake behind him.
(b) With poison.
(c) He digs a hole for him to fall into.
(d) He sends someone else to do it.

14. Why does the king decide to recognize young Cuchulain as a great warrior?
(a) If he doesn't, Cuchulain will kill all the boys in the kingdom.
(b) If he doesn't, Cuchulain will kill his livestock.
(c) If he doesn't, Cuchulain has threatened to kill him.
(d) If he doesn't, Cuchulain's father will take his land.

15. Why does the fairy put magical herbs on Cuchulain while he sleeps?
(a) To give him superhuman eyesight.
(b) To increase his strength.
(c) To give him the power to see the future.
(d) To heal his wounds.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Medb offer Cuchulain if he will stop killing her men?

2. Why does the narrator say it would be boring to tell about every battle?

3. What does the narrator tell the reader at the end of "The Foretelling"?

4. How does the bull enter Medb's possession?

5. What does Ailill do about the marching boys of Ulster?

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