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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. Why is Finnabair killed?

2. What happens to Cuchulain's body when he becomes very angry about the actions of the Irish?

3. Why did Lochi wear a golden tiara?

4. How does the army get the cattle herd to trample Forgemen to death?

5. Cuchulain comes across one of the men of Ireland. What does he help him do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Cuchulain not happy with his father's actions in The Repeated Warning of Sualtaim? What does Cuchulain have to do in the end?

2. Medb decides she wants a great bull to match Ailill's. What is the outcome of this?

3. What man of Ulster is angry at Cuchulain and why? What does he do?

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

5. Why does Cuchulain kill Tamon?

6. Who does Cuchulain kill in "The Meeting of Cuchulain and Finnabair". Why?

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

8. How does Cuchulain kill the three men from macArach?

9. What are some of the actions of the Ulstermen as the eve of the great battle approaches?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose either of the following:

(a) Explain and give examples that support the characterization of Cuchulain as a superhuman young man with magical qualities. Compare and contrast this with the character of Medb, as presented in the book. Why does the author present the characters this way?

(b) Cuchulain is also presented as fairly ruthless early in the book but later on we start to see his more vulnerable, human side. Compare and contrast these two sides of Cuchulain's nature, citing four examples for each.

Essay Topic 2

Explain what foreshadowing is and how it is used in The Cattle Raid of Cooley, citing three examples. Include in two of these examples how the paranormal is used: for example, prophets, witches, fairies, etc.

Essay Topic 3

The tragic flaw is used in literary works to show the weakness of humans and how it influences the outcomes of many situations. Write a short essay wherein you list what you consider five fatal flaws and how they can have a serious influence on people's lives. Choose one of these fatal flaws and apply it to a character in The Cattle Raid at Cooley and show how it influences the outcome of the story.

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