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. Whose sword is stolen in Section VI?

2. Where is Cuchulainn taken to recuperate?

3. Who mocks Fergus for going easy against his kinsmen at Ulster?

4. What is the name of the royal healer who restores the Ulster warrior's health?

5. How many healers tell the Ulster warrior that he is beyond help?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Cuchulainn's unusual connection with the gods? How does his god-like father help him heal as the great army gets closer to Ulster?

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

3. Who is Cuchulainn's longest battle with and why?

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

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

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

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

8. When Medb and Ailill get Fergus drunk and send him to fight Cuchulainn, why doesn't Cuchulainn kill him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are four points-of-view in which literature is written: first-person, third-person objective, third-person limited, and omniscient. Which point-of-view is used in this book? Is this the most effective point-of-view for this story? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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