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. How many marauders attacked Ulster when Cuchulainn had to save it?

2. How old was Cuchulainn when he saved Ulster from attacking marauders?

3. Who is the first handsome young man in which Derdriu has an interest?

4. Who slays both Noisiu and Fiacha?

5. Who knows the whole story of "Tain Bo Cuailnge?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Setanta?

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

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

5. What is unusual about Fedlimid's pregnant wife?

6. How does Conchobor become king of Ulster?

7. What was the prophecy spoken of Derdriu?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is a static character? What is a dynamic character? Identify two static characters and two dynamic characters from the story. Explain what about each one makes it either static or dynamic.

Essay Topic 2

What is the mood of a novel or literary work? What was the mood of this novel? Was it consistent throughout or did it vary? Define the term mood and use examples from the text to support your thoughts.

Essay Topic 3

What is the primary theme of The Tain? How does the author present this theme? How does the theme develop throughout the story?

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