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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which groups plunder Italy in the fifth century?

2. In what year is Rome overtaken?

3. Why does the deal between Queen Medb and the bull's owner fall through?

4. Who gave this report about American universities?

5. When Augustine founds his semi-monastic community in Milan, what is its goal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What legendary Irish creatures did the aborigines who inhabited Ireland when the Celts arrived eventually become?

2. Who does the author say have controlled what is said about the Irish Catholic past and overlooked Ireland's contributions to civilization?

3. If these White Martyrs had not existed, what major advances in civilization would not have occurred?

4. Because the Irish understand that life is fleeting, what do they pursue instead of holding onto people or things?

5. What, instead of the popular belief that Roman gods were punishing Rome with barbarians in order to take out their anger upon Romans who converted to Christianity, does St. Augustine claim is the cause of the barbarian siege of Rome?

6. In the Irish epic Tain Bo Cuailnge, what was the subject of Queen Medb's and King Ailil's debate?

7. Why doesn't Augustine see much of the destruction the barbarians have caused?

8. What do Celtic warriors wear into battle?

9. What does Augustine discover about language?

10. When the landlords redeem their slaves, what do the men and women become?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast, using the text to support your statements and including the names of people from each category, the "White Martyrs" and the "Green Martyrs" of Irish Christianity.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast, using the text for support, the level of importance that Augustine and Patrick each place on their converts' adherence to conventional, traditional relationships.

Essay Topic 3

Beginning in the sixteenth century, Ireland came under the rule of newly Protestant England, and Irish Catholics came under discrimination and persecution that led to centuries of civil war that ended only in the early 21st century. Explain, using the text to support your statements, the various forms of oppression that the Irish Catholics endured, and tie it in to the statement made in the Introduction that Protestant Anglo-Saxons have controlled what is said about a Celtic, Catholic past and overlooked Ireland's contribution in a crucial period.

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