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. Who is the army scout for Ailill's army?

2. Who falls dead from shame in Chapter XII after having been responsible for so many deaths?

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

4. What is the method of fighting used between Cuchulainn and the representative of Ailill's army at the end of Section VII?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. How is it that Loch almost defeats Cuchulainn?

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

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

8. What causes Cuchulainn's massive killings to stop as Ailill and Medb's army approach?

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

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

Identify and discuss five points of foreshadowing from the novel. Did the author use foreshadowing effectively? Why or why not? Define foreshadowing in your essay as well.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Name three women from the novel and tell how each was important to the story. Give a brief character description of each as well.

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