The Tain Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

China Miéville and Thomas Kinsella
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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. Who saved Conchobor and his son Cuscraid from the battlefield after they were defeated by King Eogan?

2. Who acts as a midwife, delivering a child at the inn?

3. How many charioteers does Cuchulainn stop with one fallen tree?

4. How does Cuchulainn halt the army's progress upon Ulster?

5. Which element does Cuchulaiin's girl ask him to carry while jumping?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ailill enlist the help of a spy and what does the spy report back to Ailill?

2. What happens when Donn Cuailng meets Finnbennach? How does their confrontation end?

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

4. What causes Cuchulainn's massive killings to stop as Ailill and Medb's army approach?

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

6. What are the two choices Cethern is given by the royal healer and which does he select?

7. How does Emer's father plan to get rid of Cuchulainn? What is the result?

8. What was the prophecy spoken of Derdriu?

9. Why does Cuchulainn strut around the day after his bloody, warp-spasm induced battle?

10. Who saves Cuchulainn's life as he faces a man and his 27 sons?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of Fergus to the story? How might the novel have differed if he had not been introduced?

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