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. What is the first weapon Cuchulainn and his foster-brother choose to fight with in Chapter XI?

2. Where is Cuchulainn taken to recuperate?

3. What convinces Ferbaeth to fight Cuchulainn?

4. Where does Medb find the prized bull?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. How is it that Loch almost defeats Cuchulainn?

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

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

9. Who saves Cuchulainn's life as he faces a man and his 27 sons?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character, Cuchulainn, and his growth throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Define exposition and discuss the exposition of The Tain. What does the reader learn about Celtic culture from the exposition in The Tain? Is the information consistent throughout the book or does it change? Explain your answer and reasoning.

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