The Tain Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. In which land does Domnall originate?

3. From where does Cuchulainn capture a live wild deer and a flock of swans?

4. Who kills Cuchulainn's son?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Fergus lose his sword? What does he do without it?

2. Why doesn't Cuchulainn kill Fergus whenever the army is nearing Ulster?

3. What does Fergus say about Cuchulainn's childhood?

4. Describe how Cuchulainn finally defeats Ferdia. Explain how the weapon he used works.

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

6. Where is Cuchulainn when the battle between Ailill and Conchobor's armies begin? Who tells him the progress of the armies?

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

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

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

10. How is it that Loch almost defeats Cuchulainn?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

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

Discuss the qualifications of Thomas Kinsella as a translator. What makes him an authority on the translation of The Tain.

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