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 is the result of Finnabair's death?

2. Medb wants to borrow Dari of Cooley's bull for a year. What deal does MacRoth the Messenger offer Dari?

3. Why does Medb want her men to tunnel through the mountain?

4. How does Cuchulain kill Medb's pet bird?

5. What does Cuchulain propose by saying he won't kill the men anymore if he gets food and water each day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Ferchu and what did he do?

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

3. How does the book end with both victory and defeat?

4. Why does Forgemen die?

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

6. Fueled by the anger of the Slaughter of the Youths, what does Cuchulain do?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Mythical tales almost always contain elements of magic. (a) In your own words, explain why this is; (b) give four examples of magic as they apply to the warriors that confront Cuchulain, and (c) describe Morrigan the Fairy's actions in the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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