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China Miéville and Thomas Kinsella
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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. Which girl does Cuchulainn court?
(a) Dredriu.
(b) Domnall.
(c) Emer.
(d) Aife.

2. Who gives the prediction that the first person to take up arms on a particular day would become a great warrior?
(a) Cathbed.
(b) Fergus.
(c) Fedelm.
(d) Emer.

3. Who kills a guard dog?
(a) Macha.
(b) Fergus.
(c) Cuchulainn.
(d) Conchorbor.

4. Who raced the chariot?
(a) Ailill.
(b) Fergus.
(c) Dredriu.
(d) Macha.

5. Who forces Aife to bear a son?
(a) Forgall.
(b) Domnall.
(c) Cuchulainn.
(d) Scathach.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Cuchulainn do to the horses of the charioteers he stops?

2. How many men does Cuchulaiin's girl want him to kill at each ford?

3. Who is impressed with Cuchulainn's tree-chopping?

4. How long does the curse on the men of Ulster last?

5. Who catches a "bug" from a drink of water?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the discussion between Ailill and Medb and what does it result in?

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

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

4. Why do the two pig-keepers in the story begin to compete with each other?

5. How did Cuchulainn get his name?

6. How does Cuchulainn slow down the great army? What is unusual about his technique? How does the army adjust?

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

8. Why does Cuchulainn spare Orlam's charioteer, then kill him later?

9. What one asset differs between the king and queen? Who is missing it and how does it make that person feel?

10. How does Derdriu die?

(see the answer keys)

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