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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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is used when a concrete object is used to represent an idea or emotion. Explain the use of symbolism in Chapter 16. What is the concrete object that symbolizes something abstract? What does it symbolize? Explain with an example how this illustrates the situation of the Irish later in the chapter. Supply three more examples that show how it symbolizes the situation of the Irish later in the book.

Essay Topic 3

(a) Explain what is meant by "mood" in a literary work.

(b) Give three examples of how mood might be portrayed to the reader.

(c) In Chapters 28 and 29 (The Slaying of Ferbaeth and The Combat of Larini MacNois) show how the mood of the novel changes due to the portrayal of Cuchulain and his actions and feelings.

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