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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose child lets out an audible scream from the womb?
(a) Derdriu.
(b) Nes.
(c) Macha.
(d) Fedlimid.

2. Who do the poets of Ireland gather to meet?
(a) Senchan Torpeist.
(b) Conchobor.
(c) Fergus mac Roich.
(d) Muirgen.

3. What is the name of Sualdam's son?
(a) Ulster.
(b) Senchan.
(c) Setanta.
(d) Cuchulainn.

4. What is the name that Cuchulainn is first called?
(a) Conchobor.
(b) Cathbed.
(c) Sentant.
(d) Emer.

5. What is the name of t he child who screamed in the womb?
(a) Macha.
(b) Ness.
(c) Derdriu.
(d) Fedlimid.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Cuchulainn chop down a tree?

2. Which warrior lifted grown soldiers over his head?

3. From where does Cuchulainn capture a live wild deer and a flock of swans?

4. What does Cuchulainn do to the charioteers stopped by the fallen tree?

5. How does Cuchulainn kill the charioteer who did not follow his orders?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the names of the two pig-keepers in the story and what unusual power do both have?

2. Who does Derdriu marry and how does their marriage occur?

3. What three tasks does Emer require her suitor to complete?

4. What vow does Cuchulainn make to himself and how is it related to the names of the fords and plains of the story?

5. Name three creatures that become involved in the epic battle between the two pig-keepers.

6. Discuss "woman's thinking" as the great army nears Ulster.

7. Who is Setanta?

8. What happens when Cuchulainn realizes he has killed his son?

9. Who makes up Medb and Ailill's great army?

10. How does Derdriu die?

(see the answer keys)

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