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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. What board game does Cuchulainn like as a child?
(a) Fidchell.
(b) Yaschmatzi.
(c) Celtic Tic Tac Toe.
(d) Checkers.

2. Which misty figure explains the Tain?
(a) Muirgen.
(b) Conchobor.
(c) Senchan.
(d) Fergus.

3. What do Conchobor and his men hunt on their chariots?
(a) Gazelle.
(b) Birds.
(c) Moose.
(d) Ducks.

4. Who announces the day and time that is perfect for conceiving a child who would gain great fame in Ireland?
(a) Nes.
(b) Cathbad.
(c) Senchan.
(d) Muirgen.

5. Of which community does Fergus rule as king?
(a) Ulster.
(b) Ireland.
(c) Allil.
(d) Tain.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Fedelm?

2. What is it that Medb's army searches to find?

3. What is the name of t he child who screamed in the womb?

4. What is strange about Fedelm?

5. How many neighborhood boys does Cuchulainn defeat as a toddler?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a warp spasm and how does it benefit Cuchulainn when he fights the neighborhood boys as a toddler?

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

3. What does Fergus say about Cuchulainn's childhood?

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

5. Who is Setanta?

6. What is the prized possession being sought because of the king and queen's talk and where is it? What is offered in exchange for it?

7. How do the scholars learn the tale of the Tain in its entirety?

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

9. What does the owner of the prized possession think about the exchange offer and what is the ultimate result of it?

10. Who is the first person Cuchulainn kills with the gae bolga? Explain the circumstances that result in the death.

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