The Cattle Raid of Cooley Test | Mid-Book 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. The men of Ireland set off to Ulster. When they get to Cooley, what do they do?

2. At the age of five, how does Cuchulain show he has special abilities?

3. Why does the narrator say it would be boring to tell about every battle?

4. Why does the fairy put magical herbs on Cuchulain while he sleeps?

5. How does the bull enter Medb's possession?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Donn the bull do after Medb lets him loose after the battle?

2. How do we know both the Irish and the Ulstermen are nervous the night before the great battle?

3. Why does Forgemen die?

4. Cuchulain kills Cyr in a very unusual way. What was it?

5. How does Cuchulain show the Irish that he is a real threat to them?

6. What do we learn about Medb in "The Pillow Talk"?

7. What choice does Cuchulain have to make in The Finding of the Bull? Which one does he choose?

8. At the mid-way point, how is the progress of the great battle?

9. How do the Irish underestimate Iliach?

10. How do the Irish women react to Cuchulain in his regular clothing and hairstyle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pride as a personal characteristic is prevalent in The Cattle Raid of Cooley. Show how pride is shown as a characteristic of these warriors and provide two instances where pride influences their decisions or actions:

(a) Cuchulain

(b) Fergus

(c) Ferdiad

Essay Topic 2

Characterization of characters in literary works are often revealed to us by what they do.

(1) Choose four characters in The Cattle Raid at Cooley and give one detailed example of how their actions reveal their character, and

(2) Choose one of these characters and explain how this example have an influence on the outcome of the story.

Essay Topic 3

A "motif" is an important idea or image that reoccurs in a literary work. Name four motifs that occur in The Battle Raid of Cooley and support each with two examples.

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