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. What does Medb do while Cuchulain is with Morrigan?

2. What does Fergus get Cuchulain to agree to?

3. How did Uala die?

4. How does the fairy Morrigan first disguise herself in battle with Cuchulain?

5. The men of Ireland set off to Ulster. When they get to Cooley, what do they do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Ferchu and what did he do?

2. Describe Cuchulain's actions in "Now of the Battle".

3. Oengus had great fighting skills but forgot to do something. What does he forget to do?

4. How does Medb anger Cuchulain by sending six druids to fight him?

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

6. What does the "red-shame of Menn" refer to?

7. How are the charioteers from Ulster killed by the Irish?

8. How do we know that Ferdiad and Cuchulain were equally matched warriors?

9. Show another example of loyalty for Cuchulain as it appears in "The Combat of Calatin's Children".

10. Even though Cuchulain is keeping his end of the bargain, Medb and Ailill break theirs. How do they do this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the exposition and the resolution components in The Cattle Raid of Cooley, as they relate to the state of the kingdoms of Ireland and Ulster, citing specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Choose four short examples of dialogue that appear in The Cattle Raid at Cooley and describe it in the context of (1) mood; (b) characterization; and (c) conflict. Make sure you identify each of the characters in the dialogue, the situation, and the chapter title.

Essay Topic 3

Define the literary term "antagonist". What is the role of an antagonist in literary works? Choose three of the characters below, and show why these characters are antagonists (with Cuchulain as the protagonist) in The Cattle Raid of Cooley (a) providing two examples of characteristics that make them an antagonist, and (b) providing two examples of situations where they behave as an antagonist..

a. Medb

b. Ailill

c. Morrigan

d. Etarcumul

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