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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. Of which community does Fergus rule as king?
2. Which husband bragged that his wife could beat the fastest chariot?
3. Who warns the men of Ulster of the pending war?
4. Who is Donn Cuailnge?
5. Who explains the scream heard from the womb?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Ailill mock Fergus after he loses his sword? In what other way does Ailill mock Fergus and why?
2. Why do the poets of Ireland gather in the section called "Before the Tain?"
3. Describe how Cuchulainn finally defeats Ferdia. Explain how the weapon he used works.
4. How does Cuchulainn slow down the great army? What is unusual about his technique? How does the army adjust?
5. How does the army attempt to move Donn Cuailnge from Black Cauldron to Conaille?
6. What happens when Donn Cuailng meets Finnbennach? How does their confrontation end?
7. What was the prophecy spoken of Derdriu?
8. How do the scholars learn the tale of the Tain in its entirety?
9. Chapter XIII contains a long list of great warriors as described by two people. Who are the people and what differs about their descriptions of the great warriors?
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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Irony is the contrast between what is expected and what actually happens. There are three types of irony: verbal, situational, and dramatic. Identify and discuss two examples of irony in the book. Which type of irony is it? What is expected and what actually occurs with your examples?
Essay Topic 2
Analyze the character, Cuchulainn, and his growth throughout the novel.
Essay Topic 3
What is inciting force and which character was the inciting force in this story? How did the character fulfill that role? Give three examples and discuss the importance of each one in detail.
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