The Tain Test | Final 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. Which river in Section VI seems to flood to bar the army from passing?

2. What does Medb have bards and poets tell about in Chapter XI?

3. Who intervenes to help Cuchulainn fight Gaile Dana and his sons?

4. Who warns Conchobor of the approaching army in Chapter XII?

5. How many men does Cuchulainn kill when Medb's army attack him at their "truce" meeting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Specifically describe Cuchulainn's warp-spasm when he is older.

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

3. Describe Cur's attack on Cuchulainn. Who wins the fight and how?

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

5. Why does Cuchulainn refuse to leave Ferdia's corpse?

6. How many healers tell Cethern he is beyond help? Who is the royal healer that finally agrees to help him?

7. Why does Ailill mock Fergus after he loses his sword? In what other way does Ailill mock Fergus and why?

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

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

10. What, other than their fear of him, makes warriors not want to fight Cuchulainn? How does he get past this obstacle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is the definition of main character? Name three main characters from The Tain and discuss the important role of each in the epic tale.

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference between conflict and crisis in a novel? How are they similar? Also relate the differences and similarities specifically to The Tain.

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