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. Where does the army hear the bull is hiding?

2. Who was sent to seize Cuchulainn's javelin from him?

3. How does the second day of fighting end in Chapter XI between Cuchulainn and his foster-brother?

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

5. Who gets his hair and clothing cut by Cuchulainn before the warrior finally just kills him?

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

3. Who is Cuchulainn's mortal father and what is his role in the war?

4. What causes King Ailill's daughter Finnabair to fall dead?

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

6. Why does Fergus fear a mere boy warrior, Erc?

7. 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?

8. How is it that Loch almost defeats Cuchulainn?

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

10. How does the army attempt to move Donn Cuailnge from Black Cauldron to Conaille?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define falling action as an element of plot. Discuss in detail the falling action in The Tain. How did the translator present it? How did the falling action flow? How did the falling action add to the suspense of the story?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Name and define the five types of conflict. Which conflict prevailed in this novel? Select a different type of conflict and explain how this story would have differed under that particular type of conflict.

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