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I have a difficult function to write and I have no idea where to begin. Here is the definition of what I need to write:
"A function f(x,y) which returns true if the binary number formed by concatenating the bits of x, 8*y-1 zeroes and a one is prime, false otherwise. x is an array of bytes (unsigned char) and y is an unsigned integer comprised of two bytes (unsigned short)."
I am just completely lost as to what to do. I think there should be a better way than actually creating a class that can store massive numbers and than doing the traditional primality check of:

bool isPrime(myLargeIntegerMimic a)
    for (myLargeIntegerMimic i=2; i*i<a; i++)
        if (a%i==0)
            return false;
    return true;

Since myLargeIntegerMimic would have to store a massive array of 'y' bytes and then would have to successfully do multiplication and modulation on it, this would be extremely slow. I am hoping that I am missing some kind of short-cut.