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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 is Medb's reaction to Etarcumul's death?

2. How does Cuchulain kill Mani, Medb and Ailill's son?

3. What does Ailill do about the marching boys of Ulster?

4. Why does Nathcrantail tell Medb that Cuchulain is a coward?

5. What does Medb do while Cuchulain is with Morrigan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What promise does Cuchulain make to Luguid about his brother Larini?

2. Why does Fergus decide to talk to Medb? What does he tell Medb about what Cuchulain wants to do?

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

4. Why does Cuchulain feel so guilty about the slaughter of the Youths of Ulster?

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

6. What were the Crutti Cainbili and what happened to them?

7. What does Ailill's spy find out about Medb and Fergus? What does Ailill do about it?

8. Nathcrantail is killed for what he said about Cuchulain. What did he say?

9. Why is Fergus familiar with Cuchulain? What does he say about Cuchulain?

10. How does Medb show she is a little worried about the strength of the Ulstermen?

Essay 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

Hyperbole is a literary device that writers use to exaggerate characteristics or situations. It almost always appears in myths and legends.

(1) Give two examples from The Cattle Raid at Cooley that show how hyperbole is used in the characterization of Cuchulain in regards to: (a) his physical power, (b) his skills at a young age, and (c) his rage.

(2) Hyperbole is not used in describing Cuchulain's mental maturity. How is his mental maturity presented as lagging behind his physical strengths? Give two examples.

Essay Topic 3

The battle that ensues over Dann of Cooley is a direct result of Medb's ambition. Show (1) how this ambition ultimately leads to much loss of life among the Irish and the Ulstermen; and (2) how ambition is Medb's tragic flaw and how it relates the resolution at the end of the book.

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