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 Cuchulain pray for Morrigan?

2. Why did Lochi wear a golden tiara?

3. What is Medb's reaction to Etarcumul's death?

4. Fedelm is a prophet. What is she doing when Medb meets her for the first time?

5. How did Uala die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cuchulain kill Lochi? Who is she?

2. As the battle approaches, what does Fergus see? What does he warn Ailill?

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

4. What are Medb's weak points? Give some examples.

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

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

7. Who was Ferchu and what did he do?

8. How do Medb and Ailill want to use their daughter Finnabair for their own ends? What is the result?

9. Who does Cuchulain kill on the riverbank? Why were they there?

10. Why is the battle at Fintan called the tooth-fight?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

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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