The Tain Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where is the inn in which Conchobor and his men find shelter during their hunt?

2. Who is frightened by Cuchulainn's tree-chopping?

3. Which girl does Cuchulainn court?

4. What, according to Cuchulaiin's girl, must he do without for one year?

5. Who saved Conchobor and his son Cuscraid from the battlefield after they were defeated by King Eogan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were the men of Ulster defenseless against a group of invading marauders? Why wasn't Cuchulainn affected?

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

3. 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?

4. Who is Fedelm? What is unique about her and what message does she share with Medb?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who is Setanta?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define rising action as an element of plot. Discuss in detail the rising action in The Tain. How does the author present it? How does the rising action flow? How does the rising action add to the suspense of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the characteristics Joseph Campbell outlines for the mythical hero archetype. Which character best fits all of these characteristics and why?

Essay Topic 3

There are four points-of-view in which literature is written: first-person, third-person objective, third-person limited, and omniscient. Which point-of-view is used in this book? Is this the most effective point-of-view for this story? Why or why not?

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